Wright romps, advancing for first time in 7 years

October 30, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

It was bad enough that Randallstown (1-10) drew No. 14 C. Milton Wright as a first-round opponent in the Class 3A North regional, without additional problems.

The team's woes were compounded by the absence of several players, including its top scorer, who failed to make the team bus.

It was akin to sending the Rams to war with pop guns.

Wright (8-4-1), working on a 12-game nonlosing streak since an opening 4-2 loss to Calvert Hall, simply overwhelmed the visitors.

It scored three times within 10 minutes midway through the first half, and at the end had a 10-0 victory, with 10 players having a part in the scoring.

Although a perennial regional entry in recent years, this was the Mustangs' first playoff victory in seven years. They will move on to play Tuesday afternoon at Kenwood.

"It could have been a lot worse," Randallstown coach Dave Wright said.

"Paul [Snyder, Wright coach] took it easy on us, playing all his players and having several play out of position. I appreciate it."

Joe Davis, one of four senior starters for Wright -- and the team's leading scorer -- led the assault with three goals, backed by Jeff Smith (two goals), Peter Troilo (a goal and an assist) and Stas Kotula (two assists).

Such was the one-sidedness of the contest that the two home goalkeepers, Tim Hilyard and Todd Strausberg, did not have a save.

Striker Davis (a tri-captain with juniors Smith and Troilo) and sweeper Matt Youngerman, a 6-foot-2 senior, have been the keys to C. Milton Wright's success, Snyder said.

"Matty missed last year, but has come back to the point where I believe he has made the difference in our defense," he said.

"I don't like superlatives, but he's one of the best, maybe the best, we've had. He's taken a group of kids and made good defenders of them."

Of Davis, who picked up the scoring slack caused by the out-of-state move of Eric Litros before the season started, Snyder said: "He provides direction and leadership. The others have a tendency to listen to him, especially the other seniors.

"The sport's been good for him, and he's been good for the sport. In addition to his scoring, he brings motivation and focus."

The overall season has been one of consistency, too, as there have been no real peaks and valleys.

"We're a little loose, but the players have shown poise when they needed it," Snyder said.

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