Atholton shuts out Lackey, 4-0

November 03, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Even though Atholton won its opening South Region Class 2A playoff game yesterday against Lackey, 4-0, the Raiders still haven't shaken the inconsistency that has plagued their season.

They missed a lot of shots they should have made and gave up scoring opportunities that Lackey (3-9-1) should not have missed.

Atholton coach Reg Hahne, who at the beginning of the season expected this team to challenge for a state championship, had mixed feelings about Atholton's play against Lackey .

"We played to their level and we can play much better," Hahne said. "We play well in spurts, but we need to be consistent."

He says he still hasn't solved the problem of why his team is only 6-7 and won only two league games.

"We just don't have cohesiveness," he said. "The mental aspect is lacking, because we have kids who can play. I wished we played as well as we train."

Senior striker Richard Buehler, who scored nine goals last season, and of whom big things were expected this year, scored twice yesterday. But they were just his second and third goals of the season.

And junior midfielder Randy Greenbaum scored twice and had an assist yesterday, but they were his first goals of the season.

Buehler and Greenbaum think that part of Atholton's problem has been too many lineup changes.

"Only a couple of players have played the same position all season," Buehler said. "And losing Adam Shaivitz [to graduation] has hurt a lot. It just hasn't been the same team without him."

Greenbaum scored the first goal when his corner kick bounced off a Lackey player and into the net in the 18th minute.

Buehler made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when he headed in a corner kick by Ted Zingman.

Buehler scored the clincher in the 62nd minute. He took a pass from Greenbaum, dribbled forward and beat two fullbacks and the Lackey goalkeeper at the 10-yard line. He kicked a soft roller into an open net.

Greenbaum scored the final goal in the 72nd minute on a header off a free kick from Mehr Dhillon.

Lackey coach David Anderson said his team is in a rebuilding season, and that three of his six starting seniors hadn't played before.

"We didn't play our normal game today. We didn't go to the ball and if you don't, you can forget it," Anderson said.

Lackey was outshot, 26-5.

Atholton goalkeeper Chris Diggs made a couple of strong saves to preserve a shutout -- Atholton's first.

"We still have the potential to go to the state championship game," Hahne said.

Atholton's best game was against Glenelg, a 3-1 Atholton win. And Glenelg is Atholton's likely next opponent in the playoffs.

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