Glenelg handles Westminster, 5-0 Marchegiano scores twice in revamped lineup

September 20, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg may look back on yesterday's 5-0 win over Westminster as a turning point in what had been a disappointing season.

Glenelg (2-1), a team that has put together three straight winning seasons in the highly competitive Howard County League and won a Class 2A state title in 1992, had looked terrible in losing its first game to Spalding two weeks ago.

It didn't look much better but managed to rally from a 2-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes against a weak North Harford squad, eventually winning 3-2 in overtime last Friday.

But yesterday it looked like the Glenelg teams that were ranked in the Top 15 the past three years. The Gladiators showed superior speed and skills while dismantling Westminster.

The Owls had been experiencing a decent season with a 4-0 win over North Carroll, 4-1 win over South Carroll, 1-1 tie with Linganore and 2-1 loss to Dulaney.

"We weren't ready to play and didn't go to the ball or take the lead," Owls coach Chuck Beaver said. "This was not my high school team. It was an impostor. I've not seen it before, and I hope I don't see it again."

Glenelg outshot Westminster, 18-6, and took nine corner kicks to one for the Owls.

Tony Marchegiano scored twice. His first was a header at the far post off a corner kick from Reginald Brown in the 15th minute. His second was the game's final goal -- another header to the far post.

In between, Brandon Sines faked out goalkeeper Roland Backhaus in the 16th minute to score into an open net.

Brown blasted a direct kick from the 20-yard line inside the left post in the 27th minute. And Aaron Fallon beat three-on-one coverage, turned and left-footed a goal to the far post in the 49th minute.

Glenelg missed two penalty kicks, one by Brown and one by Scott Kotarba. Westminster's substitute goalkeeper, Nick Selby, made saves on both.

Marchegiano thought Glenelg's new intensity stemmed from a new lineup. He had been moved from sweeper to midfield.

Sines hadn't played against Spalding but played a solid striker yesterday. And Zeeshan Shafi filled the role of sweeper well.

"Westminster didn't have much intensity," Marchegiano said. "They looked like a bunch of bruisers who didn't look like they wanted to bruise today."

Westminster did play a rough-and-tumble style and was called for 13 fouls, to nine for Glenelg.

"I was disappointed with our first two games, and we could have hung our heads and said that's the way it's going to be this season," said Glenelg coach John Bouman.

"But we played well today, and our goals were good goals. We tried to work a lot on set plays."

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