Glenelg gets revenge with 4-1 win over Atholton

November 06, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer SOCCER

Glenelg hadn't came close to defeating Atholton for two years. Memories of their two-goal loss to the Raiders in the regular season still lingered in the minds of the Gladiators.

Glenelg then showed the strength of the revenge factor from the onset of its game yesterday.

Scoring two goals in the first 13:47, the No. 13 Gladiators ambushed visiting Atholton and coasted to a 4-1 victory in a Class 2A South Region semifinal game. Glenelg (9-4) advances to the regional final against Oakland Mills.

"We knew we were the better team when we played earlier," senior midfielder Jeff Cline said. "We had better skills and knew we lost because we lacked intensity. That wasn't going to happen today."

Glenelg set that tone early by consistently outrunning the

Raiders on loose balls and counter attacking with physical slide tackles. Constantly pushing the ball up the field, Glenelg kept Atholton on the defensive.

Junior forward Aaron Fallon headed in a tap from Cline 7:30 into the game to go ahead 1-0. Just 6:17 later, junior forward Tony Marchegiano set up at the left post, the same spot where Fallon scored, and headed in a pass by senior defender Matt Vaccari.

The two-goal margin actually calmed down the tentative Raiders, who played even with Glenelg for the remainder of the contest.

"Everyone knew what a big game this was and was obviously nervous," Atholton coach Reg Hahne said. "It was a state game and it's expected."

The Raiders (7-8) had glaring chances to cut into that lead late in the first half.

Getting the rebound off diving goalkeeper Nick Staniewicz (7 saves), Atholton defenseman Seth Lyons shot

wide at an open left side with 19:16 left in the first. Then with 4:41 remaining, the Raiders took only one shot during three consecutive corner kicks.

"It's a credit of how this team has grown," Glenelg coach John Bouman said. "We had a run of six wins earlier this season and lost two in a row because we got too comfortable out there. I don't feel we got comfortable today. This team is experienced to know that teams can come back from two goals."

The Gladiators displayed this experience after Atholton closed to within 2-1 on a fluke goal. Attempting to clear a throw-in from the mouth of his goal, Cline inadvertently kicked the ball into his own goal 21:42 into the second half. Less than four minutes later, Fallon scored again as Glenelg went ahead 3-1. This goal broke Atholton's momentum and it never recovered.

"Even when they got to within one, I wasn't worried," Cline said. "It's hard to go full speed all the time and you have pauses where you aren't scoring all the time. But I was never worried about losing."

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