Atholton wins with trickery, direct kick Region final is next after 2-1 win over Howard

November 04, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Atholton used a bit of deception and Randy Greenbaum's strong right foot to defeat Howard, 2-1, in the Class 3A East Region semifinal yesterday.

The Raiders (7-5-1) earned the right to play Centennial in the region championship game.

A foul against Howard gave the host Raiders a direct kick from the 20-yard line in the 76th minute. Atholton's leading scorer, Ted Zingman (nine goals, five assists) lined up to take the kick as Howard positioned its wall at the 10-yard line.

Instead of shooting, Zingman passed the ball to his right through the legs of teammate Jason Green and to a waiting Greenbaum, who volleyed a rocket inside the far post.

"We've practiced that play all season and tried a variation of it three or four times, but that was the first time it worked," Greenbaum said. "The other team has always had someone guarding me, but there was no one on me today."

First-year Howard coach Brian Boussy took the blame for not having Greenbaum guarded.

"We were concerned about the shot and just weren't looking for that," Boussy said.

The Lions (4-7-2) had come alive during their three previous games, winning twice and tying once. And they dominated the second half against Atholton.

"I thought they outplayed us really," said Greenbaum. "But it's who scores that wins."

"The last four games we grew up enormously," Boussy said. "Soccer went from being a game to being a passion."

The Lions took the loss hard, as 10 players sprawled on the ground in agony for at least five minutes after the defeat.

Atholton lost to Howard, 3-2, in double overtime last week, and overtime appeared likely again.

Atholton scored first in the 22nd minute when Sam Lipscomb headed in a corner kick from Green.

Howard tied it in the 46th minute on a header by Robert Bray off a head pass by Mike Green after a throw-in.

Atholton had two good chances to go ahead before the winning goal, but Paul Barnes' shot veered slightly right, and Lipscomb's one-on-one shot was stopped by diving Howard goalkeeper Sean Morgan.

"The difference between this game and last week was that we played better defense and played with more intensity," said Zingman, a senior who savored Atholton's first win over Howard in four years. "This was the biggest win of my career."

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