Wojciechowski turning heads Scores lone goal in Gibbons' 1-0 win Boys soccer

September 16, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Gibbons' Steve Wojciechowski is the area's most highly recruited Division I basketball guard prospect, but yesterday he showed equally impressive soccer skills.

The All-City center midfielder literally rose to the occasion just 10 minutes into the second half of the host Crusaders' game against No. 12 Mount St. Joseph, heading in the game-winning goal for a 1-0 Maryland Scholastic Association Division A Conference II victory.

Sweeper Aaron Coleman sent his direct kick into the penalty area from the left of Gaels keeper Craig Seukoff (eight saves). Seukoff rose to meet it about four yards from the goal mouth, but Wojciechowski beat him to the ball, raising his team-leading totals to three goals and two assists.

"Aaron hit a beautiful ball and I saw it coming the whole way," said Wojciechowski, a senior whose 11 goals and 15 assists last season led the Crusaders (11-5-1) to their best-ever season. "I just got above everybody and got my head on it."

But as good as he is on the soccer field, Wojciechowski is better in basketball.

On hand was Vanderbilt's Jan van Breda Kolff, coach of one of the five nationally acclaimed college basketball programs in town to recruit Wojciechowski this week. Sitting next to Gibbons coach Ray Mullis on a distant hillside, van Breda Kolff watched the entire game.

"Dean Smith [North Carolina] came Monday for a home visit, and Mike Krzyzewski [Duke] came yesterday. I've got St. John's [coach Brian Mahoney] coming Friday and Wake Forest [coach Dave Odom] coming Sunday," said Wojciechowski, a basketball second-team All-Metro and first-team All-City pick last winter.

Ranked third in his class with a 3.8 grade average, Wojciechowski scored 1050 on his SAT and 26 on his ACT and has indicated he verbally will commit to a full scholarship from one of the programs before Nov. 10 -- the NCAA's early signing date.

"Getting it out of the way will help me to enjoy my senior year, but right now, I'm trying to concentrate on soccer," he said. "I'm proud to be on this team. We're not as skilled as last year, but we made up for the lack of talent with a lot of heart. And without [keeper] Ryan Beaumont, we'd have been dead meat today."

With senior midfielder George Conley (ankle injury) sidelined and coach Roch DeFrances starting eight sophomores, the 5-foot-11, pound Wojciechowski and 6-2, 190-pound senior Beaumont (15 saves) were mainstays yesterday.

Together they stymied the Gaels' high-powered attack of All-Metro striker Steve Matcuk, who had 28 goals and 14 assists last year, and Kenny Angyelof (13, five).

For the Crusaders (2-1, 1-1), who were outshot, 13-9, Beaumont made nine first-half saves -- twice snagging attempted headers away from Matcuk -- who was limited to just three weak shots. Wojciechowski played sweeper during the game's final 15 minutes after Coleman was injured.

"It was tough to get open today," said Matcuk, who has two goals this year. "We need to practice on some plays and I think we can get some things going."

The Gaels (0-3, 0-1), who tied the Crusaders 2-2 at Gibbons last year, came off of losses to C. Milton Wright and No. 9 Liberty. They were minus an injured sweeper, leaving the defensive chores to Eric Strause and Matt Hipzer.

"The losses took their toll on us physically and psychologically," said first-year coach Barry Fitzpatrick. "But I thought Wojciechowski kind of took it to us in the middle and their goalie is the best we've seen this year."

* Calvert Hall 4, St. Paul's 0: The top-ranked Cardinals scored three goals in the first half to beat the Crusaders and extend their unbeaten streak to 36 games. Michael Lance led the Cardinals (1-0-1) with a goal and two assists.

* Loyola 3, Gilman 1: Scott Diggs, Jason Rickel and Mike O'Neill scored to lead the Dons (1-2, 1-0) over host Gilman (1-2, 0-1).

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