Columbia Darby's patient offense produces 4th straight state title

June 03, 1996|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Patience may be a virtue, but it is also the key to the Columbia Darby's success.

Despite a scoreless first half yesterday, the Darby maintained its slow methodical buildup from the defensive end, with considerably better results in the second half. Combinations of at least eight passes led to goals by Kevin Shaw, Ronny Amaguana and Jason Lockerman that gave Columbia its fourth straight state championship, 3-1, over the Bethesda Cougars in the boys under-18 final of the Snickers Maryland Cup soccer championships at Carroll County Community College.

Columbia's win avenged a 2-1 loss to Bethesda three weeks ago in the U-18 qualifying round-robin, which the Darby eventually won.

"Patient buildup from the back, working from the wings and crossing it in, always being patient, that describes our game," said Amaguana.

All Maryland Cup winners in boys and girls U-12 to U-19 age groups advance to the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I tournament June 29-July 2 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Regional champions in boys and girls U-16 through U-19 divisions qualify for the USYS nationals Aug. 1-4 in Indianapolis.

In the 56th minute, the Darby worked the ball down the left wing to Brian West breaking into the penalty area. His shot deflected off the feet of lunging goalkeeper Bryan Scherr and was stopped from entering the net by the right arm of defender Mike Slaby. Shaw sent the ensuing penalty kick into the low left corner.

Seven minutes later, striker Marwan Tulloch sprang Amaguana free into the left side of the box. As Scherr approached, Amaguana did a counter-clockwise, 360-degree spin before lifting a soft shot high into the far corner for a 2-0 lead.

In the boys U-17 title match, Columbia City United's Peter Bachman beat four defenders and netted an unassisted goal for a 1-0 decision over the Baltimore F.C. '79 for a third consecutive Cup.

Boys

Under-18: Columbia Darby 3, Bethesda Cougars 1; Under-17: Columbia City United 1, Baltimore F.C. '79 0; Under-16: Baltimore Stars 1, Top Guns (Pasadena) 0; Under-14: Laurel Wildcats 2, Columbia Chelsea 1.

Girls

Under-18: Potomac Pros 1, Columbia Spirit 0; Under-17: Balt. F.C. Mixx Energizers 2, S.A.C. Cougars 0.

Pub Date: 6/03/96

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