Giuffrida's four goals send Fallston over Hammond, 6-0

September 15, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Fallston coach Len Petrey was worried that his second-ranked Cougars might be forced to open its soccer season yesterday against Hammond without Mike Giuffrida, after the first-team All-Metro striker (28 goals, 11 assists) sprained his ankle Monday during practice.

"I was concerned when Mike went down because we're not deep up front," Petrey said.

Petrey's worries turned into smiles when a taped-up Giuffrida scored four goals and had an assist during Fallston's 6-0 victory on a warm afternoon at Hammond.

Giuffrida, who converted four of his 10 shots, begged out of the game a couple of

times, but it wasn't because of the ankle. The heat bothered him.

"I guess I'm still not in shape yet," said Giuffrida, smiling sheepishly. "I didn't think I'd play today but we taped it [ankle] up heavily."

It wasn't the first time Giuffrida has scored four goals in a game. "But it is the first time I've done it against a quality team," he said.

Fallston returned nine starters from a team that averaged four goals last season and went undefeated until the state Class 2A championship game. Giuffrida's 18-game scoring streak was broken in that game.

The Cougars stunned Hammond with a goal in the game's fourth minute.

Paul Kelly, with an assist from Todd Paradise, beat Hammond goalkeeper David Tollick with a kick into the top of the goal.

Hammond turned up its intensity, however, and carried the game to the Cougars for most of the first half.

"They were winning every 50-50 ball," Giuffrida said. "They were very aggressive."

Petrey agreed that Hammond was strong in the air, but thought the Bears' lack of speed among their fullbacks eventually led to Hammond's downfall.

That lack of fullback speed definitely led to Fallston's second goal in the 36th minute. Fallston caught Hammond in a three-on-three at the 40-yard line and Giuffrida broke away to score on a pass from Paradise. The shot was crossed into the upper-right corner of the net.

Giuffrida scored on a header off a cross from Kelly to make it 3-0 three minutes into the second half.

"After three goals we just gave up," said Hammond striker Jabari Richardson. "They were a good team that made a lot of nice passes and made their chances."

Fallston's defense turned back several good scoring opportunities by Hammond.

"Our goalkeeper [Eric McPhee] played well, made some good clean saves and talked," Petrey said.

"And our sweeper [Dave Peterson] was outstanding. He's smart and our most skilled player."

Paradise and Ryan Hoback played creatively at midfield for Fallston.

"They played around us like we were nothing," Richardson said.

Hammond had opened its season Monday by losing to Oakland Mills, 2-0.

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