Fallston speeds past Wilde Lake

September 21, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Three games. Three shutouts. It's beginning to look like Fallston won't give up a goal all season.

The No. 2 Cougars left no doubt about their superiority against No. 9 Wilde Lake yesterday at Howard Community College. The game wasn't nearly as close as the 3-0 final score.

Fallston's superior speed led to all three first-half goals. Wilde Lake seemed unable, or unwilling, to apply significant defensive pressure that half.

Mike Giuffrida burned Wilde Lake for two goals -- one because of his speed and one because he was in the right place at the right time.

The first one came in the seventh minute on a fast break. As he charged goalward, Giuffrida caught up to a Paul Kelly lead pass and deposited a kick in the net from close range.

Wilde Lake had no one on defense that could match speed with Giuffrida.

"He's just a hard-driving forward who may not have fancy foot skills but knows how to get the ball in the net," Fallston coach Len Petrey said. Giuffrida, a senior striker, had 28 goals last season and already has seven this year.

Fallston scored its second goal in the 15th minute when Tim Whitehurst threaded a pass between defenders and found Kelly open. Kelly put it away easily.

"They [Wilde Lake] lacked speed in the back and we have a lot of speed up top," Petrey said. "We could have had a few more goals. We hit the post twice."

The third goal, in the 38th minute, Giuffrida scored off a Kelly shot that bounced off the right post. Giuffrida was standing alone in front of the net for the easy put-back.

Despite Giuffrida's two goals, Petrey thought that Wilde Lake's Josh Briefel did a nice job defending against the speedy Fallston striker.

"Briefel kept Michael [Giuffrida] off the ball at times and I thought he played well," Petrey said.

For Fallston goalkeeper Eric McPhee and sweeper Dave Peterson, yesterday's shutout was the easiest of the season.

Fallston outshot Wilde Lake, 9-3, and the Wildecats didn't really test McPhee or back-up goalkeeper Charles Trunk.

"We didn't have to work too hard today," Peterson said. "Loyola was the best team we've played. They made us work really hard."

Petrey was kinder than Peterson in his assessment of Wilde Lake.

"Wilde Lake did do some good things. They knew where they wanted to go, and we let them kick a lot of passes in the second half but they couldn't finish," Petrey said.

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