Churchill pulls away from Chesapeake

November 13, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Winston Churchill is on a serious run, literally.

Seeking a third straight state 4A championship, the Bulldogs from Montgomery County ran past No. 8 Chesapeake, 4-1, in a state 4A semifinal at Arundel High last night.

Churchill, winner of 47 of its past 48 games including a 16-0 mark last fall, will defend its crown 7 p.m. Saturday at Old Mill against Dulaney.

All season long on the way to winning Anne Arundel County and region titles, Chesapeake (14-3-1) simply outran its opponents. The Cougars kept pace with the Bulldogs (15-1) until the second half last night.

The Bulldogs held a 2-1 advantage after a fast-paced first half in which both teams played well. Senior forward Spencer Hecht scored

his second goal of the game about four minutes into the second half, and from point-blank range Gehran King made it 4-1 Churchill about 12 minutes later.

"I was amazed how well they [Chesapeake] ran in the first half," said Churchill coach Henry Danver. "But we flat out outworked them in the second half after dodging a couple bullets in the first half."

Felipe Patrickson (junior) and Elvan Moloviasky (sophomore) buoyed a spirited defense that did not permit the Cougars a shot on goal in the final 40 minutes while the Bulldogs' offense took over.

Hecht took a pass from Willie Hsuing and scored his first goal about 11 minutes into the game to give Churchill a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars answered about a minute and a half later with Ryan Frommelt feeding Andy Dziuban to tie it at 1. Frommelt and Dziuban just missed a couple other scoring opportunities as Bulldogs goalie Bryan Scherr (seven saves) turned them back before his team took the lead for good.

Senior midfielders Marcel D'Amico and Jason Hutt teamed up to give Churchill a 2-1 lead at the 16:18 mark of the first half. D'Amico kicked through a couple Cougars and Hutt booted it past John Smith (11 saves).

The pace was relentless by both sides until Churchill turned it up full throttle in the second half and took control with Patrickson and Moloviasky orchestrating the action.

"They were very quick, probably the best team we have played this season," said Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt.

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