Dulaney shines in defeat to powerful Churchill, 2-1

November 20, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Against Churchill, Dulaney had its finest hour. It just wasn't quite enough to bring home a state title.

Willie Hsiung of Churchill put a rebound into the far corner with 5:15 left to give the Bulldogs their third consecutive Class 4A state championship with a 2-1 victory over No. 15 Dulaney last night at Old Mill High School.

Churchill (16-1), which has won 48 of its last 49 games and played in the last four title games, attacked during most of the game. It relentlessly pressured Dulaney (11-5) and outshot the Lions, 29-5.

But the Dulaney defense, anchored by keepers Jon Bennett and Jason Vaughn and sweeper Chris Conoscenti, turned in its best performance of the season. Dulaney coach Craig Laferty said he knew Churchill would turn up the heat, but he wanted the Lions to yield as few good chances as possible.

"We wanted to play contain," said Laferty. "We were dealing with a very slick and very clever outfit. We were trying to dodge some torpedoes."

And they did. Churchill manufactured a number of good scoring chances. Gheran King and Marcelo D'Amico combined to set up numerous opportunities, but the Dulaney defense stopped most them.

"They pressured us really hard," said Vaughn, who made five saves while playing the second half. "Our defense did the best job it has done all season."

Tom Earp and Mike Musika combined to mark King. The senior striker showed several smooth moves, but the Lions limited him to one goal.

After a few good chances, King scored 18:10 into the game. Jason Hutt took a direct kick for Churchill that Bennett knocked off the crossbar. King then swept in and put the ball in for a 1-0 lead.

That's when the game turned, because just 1:01 later John Shanahan tied it for the Lions. The junior scored his eighth goal of the season when he settled a ball at the top of the box, wheeled and fired a bullet into the upper right corner.

"When they missed the penalty kick, it picked us up," said Shanahan.

Dulaney, outshot by 14-2 in the first half, showed more offense in the second half. Mike Mainquist made several good runs for the Lions, but Booth Farwell had the best chance with about six minutes left. His long shot went just over the crossbar.

Moments later, Hsiung answered for Churchill. D'Amico floated a long ball toward Vaughn from the left side. Vaughn went up for it, and King collided with him. The ball squirted free and rolled right to Hsiung.

Laferty said he took lots of pride in Dulaney's effort. The Lions made Churchill work for the state title.

"They showed they really deserve to be here," said Laferty. "We just showed we can play with the best. We just came up a little short."

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