First Touch puts final touch on 15-1 year

Recreation roundup

April 15, 1993|By Mike Nortrup | Mike Nortrup,Contributing writer

The winter season is winding down at the Four Seasons Athletic Complex near Hampstead.

In a season-ending round-robin against the other two soccer teams in its boys division, First Touch (15-1) continued its season-long domination with two wins Monday night. It easily beat North Carroll, 7-0, and the Hanover Heat, 7-1.

North Carroll blanked Hanover 3-0 in the other round-robin game.

First Touch, composed primarily of freshmen and sophomores from Westminster High School, jumped quickly ahead of North Carroll, the only team to beat it this year.

Chris Santella scored in the opening minutes and added a second goal moments later after he out-fought North Carroll keeper Chris Weaver for the ball in front of the goal.

But Weaver also made some excellent saves in a game in which he continually was peppered with shots.

The score jumped to 4-0 when Brian Goldman connected out of a scramble in front of the goal and Brian Anderson hit from the left side on an assist from Mark Scholes.

Santella later rolled one in for his third score, assisted by Anderson, and Chris Boundy made it 6-0 with a 15-footer a bit later.

First Touch kept the pressure on even in the final moments when Brian Tozer boomed in his own rebound at game's end.

First Touch resumed its cannonading against Hanover after its game's opening moments when the Pennsylvanians' scored the first goal.

First Touch quickly tied it 1-1 when Santella dribbled through the Heat defense and dished the ball off to Scholes for an easy score. Boundy then scored from out front to put the locals up 2-1.

Hanover, though, applied pressure for the next five minutes, and First Touch keeper Paul Hajewski made several key saves to keep the Heat from tying the game.

The Westminster-based squad then took control.

Aaron Goldman ripped in two goals on booming shots from about 15 feet out, the first on an assist from Jim Silfee. Goldman then passed to Santella, who hit from the left side for a 5-1 lead.

After First Touch scored when the ball bounced into the Hanover goal off one of its own players, Hajewski, who had moved to offense, scored the seventh goal on a perfect pass from Tozer.

* North Carroll and Hanover struggled through a scoreless tie until late in the game, thanks to excellent saves from North

Carroll keeper Jason Whitney and Hanover goalkeeper Mike Auramidis.

North Carroll's Derek Easter and Jamey Rill also played well defensively, particularly in killing penalties during which their team was short-handed.

Rill finally broke the scoring ice when he drove home a rebound shot.

Then, after Auramidis stopped a point-blank Rill shot, Dave White booted one in from the left side to make it 2-0.

Rill got the final score after taking the ball away from two Hanover players in front of the goal.

* F.C. Westminster had not lost a game in the Four Seasons' boys 19-A division since it began indoor soccer last fall.

But the locals tasted defeat for the first time Monday night as The Fury broke a 2-2 tie near the end of the first half and cruised to a 6-2 win.

The bigger and quicker Fury team dominated the game more and more as it wore on.

The Reisterstown-based Fury jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes.

Westminster though, began fighting back when Adam Tozer boomed in a direct kick to cut the lead to 2-1. Tim Gifford then tied it 2-2 with a shot from the right side.

But the locals' fortunes began to unravel near halftime when a penalty sent Marc Jahnigan to the sidelines and left them a man short. The Fury quickly capitalized with a goal to lead 3-2.

The second half saw Westminster (3-1-2) mount several threats. But it was stymied because it was either unable to convert passes in front of the net or was thwarted by Fury goalkeeper Alex Balbir.

* North Carroll II fell behind early and dropped a 9-5 boys 19-A division game to Spring Grove (Pa.) Chuck Brittan scored three goals and Dan Quidort two for North Carroll II.

* The Carroll County-based Misfits (14-0) won their final games to win the girls 16-A division.

They used three goals by Sara Gustafson and one each from Mandy Hunt and Angie Tumenello to beat North Carroll, 5-0.

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