Atholton wins, 5-1, gains title rematch

November 05, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Atholton's boys soccer team picked a perfect time to show its form.

The No. 9 Raiders, losers of their final two regular-season games, routed Bladensburg of Prince George's County, 5-1, in a Class 3A, Region III semifinal yesterday at Bladensburg.

In doing so, Atholton gained a rematch in the regional championship with No. 1 Centennial, which defeated the Raiders, 4-3, last year on the 11th penalty kick in a shootout. Centennial, the top seed, beat fourth seed Thomas Johnson, 4-2, in yesterday's other semifinal.

Centennial, which beat Atholton, 3-0, in their only regular-season meeting, will be host to the championship game at noon tomorrow.

"They whipped us and destroyed us the last time," Atholton coach Reg Hahne said. "But, hopefully, we'll be more competitive."

Senior Jeff May, who had a goal and an assist against Bladensburg, said: "I'm looking forward to it. A lot of the guys are on my club team, and there's a big grudge match. We've got to get the team up for it."

Atholton, the third seed, outshot second seed Bladensburg 24-16, permitting few scoring opportunities. The Raiders benefited from goals by seniors Derek Phillips (two) and Eric Black and sophomore Damian Kapcala.

Confronted with a muddy field that created treacherous footing, the Raiders nevertheless displayed crisp passing. Assists went to May, Phillips, junior Adam Shaivitz (two) and freshman Randy Greenbaum.

Hahne emptied his bench and played 31 people.

"Today wasn't really indicative of the way we would regularly play," Hahne said. "With Bladensburg being a little weak, we won't have as much of a run of the game [against Centennial] as we did today. They played conventional wings and no midfield. That hurt them."

The Raiders exploited the Mustangs early. At the 12:45 mark, Shaivitz curled a perfect pass to May, who sent a point-blank shot through goalie Walter Siguenza's hands for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, May assisted Phillips on a header for a two-goal edge and the rout was on.

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