Schuch, Dulaney finish off Perry Hall, 4-2 Win puts Lions in region final against No. 1 Fallston

November 04, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Seventh-ranked Dulaney and No. 11 Perry Hall know all too well how beating a rival early on can come back to haunt a team in the playoffs.

Last year, the Lions won the regular-season meeting, but Perry Hall dismissed them in the regionals. This time, it was Dulaney's turn for revenge.

Ali Schuch scored two goals in the first five minutes to spark the Lions (13-1-1) to a 4-2 victory in a Class 3A-4A North Region semifinal yesterday at Perry Hall (9-5).

"I guess it's better that we lost earlier in the season," said Nicole Wittlesberger, who also scored two Lions goals. "It's hard to beat teams twice especially when they're good teams."

The Lions, who won the Class 3A-4A title in 1993, will meet No. 1 Fallston for the regional title next week. Fallston (14-0), the defending state Class 1A-2A champ and winner of 31 straight games, beat C. Milton Wright, 2-0, in the other semifinal Thursday.

Yesterday, the Lions were out to beat the Gators defense with big kicks up to the wings and then get the ball inside. That strategy worked right away. Headers from Wittlesberger and Shannon Truxel set up Schuch to finish the fast-break goals.

"We got off to such a quick start. I don't think Perry Hall was expecting that," said Schuch, whose team fell 1-0 to the Gators three weeks ago. "Those goals really pumped us up for the rest of the game."

Gators coach Pat Sokoloski said the Lions' opening blitz caught his team off guard. "In the first five or 10 minutes, we were just as flat as could be. We didn't clear the ball. We didn't run to the ball. We let them beat us."

Bev Campbell finally gave the Gators a goal, connecting on a pass from Aubrey Schaeffer 35 seconds before halftime. Jessa Phoebus added a second-half goal, but not until after Wittlesberger had given Dulaney a 3-1 lead, scoring after Kristen McLewee's direct kick hit a defender and landed right at her foot.

Wittlesberger added an insurance goal with about 14 minutes left off a perfectly timed crossing pass from Schuch.

* Broadneck 4, Chesapeake-AA 1: Meg Good scored twice and Alicia Nagowski added a goal and two assists as visiting Broadneck beat Chesapeake-AA (6-8) in a Class 3A-4A East semifinal. Broadneck plays Severna Park Wednesday night for the 3A-4A East title.

* Centennial 1, Howard 0: Michelle Clare's goal off a cross from Jane Williams 15 minutes into the first half gave No. 6 Centennial FTC the win over Howard in a 3A-4A West semifinal at Howard.

Centennial (11-3-1) will play the winner of today's South Carroll-Liberty game in the regional final.

Williams, on the right side, sent a pass deep across the penalty box and Clare, with no one around, easily scored.

* North Harford 12, Mardela 0: Sophomore striker Renee Valle scored three times and had four assists as North Harford (10-3-1) crushed Mardela in a Class 1A-2A East semifinal. Tara Schlerf and Danielle Konschak added punch from the backline, tallying five goals.

* Severna Park 6, Annapolis 0: Six players scored for the third-ranked Falcons (14-1-1), who cruised into the state Class 3A-4A East Region final with a rain-soaked victory over the Panthers (3-11).

* Towson 6, Lansdowne 0: Sarah Katula and Leslie Hunt each had two goals and an assist for Towson (6-8), which advanced to the Class 1A-2A final against the Owings Mills/Hereford winner.

* Northeast at Hammond, ppd: The Class 1A-2A South semifinal between host Hammond and Northeast was postponed until 3 p.m. Monday because referees failed to show.

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