Young, talented McDonogh overwhelms Gilman, 3-0 Early goal sets Eagles off to easy opening win

September 11, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Coaches last season likened Gilman's soccer team to a herd of thoroughbreds, physically capable of shredding tactical offenses and effectively counterattacking.

That scheme helped the Greyhounds to an MIAA A league co-championship with Archbishop Curley and a semifinal win over undersized, underclassmen-laden McDonogh.

But in McDonogh's 3-0 victory yesterday over unranked Gilman (1-1-1) at Goucher College, McDonogh showed it's the team with some horses this time. It was a game that amounted to more of a formal scrimmage for the No. 3 Eagles (1-0).

Boasting 12 Olympic Developmental Team players, seven of whom started last year, McDonogh coach Bill Seal said he used all but "one or two of the 22 players we carry" and "aired it out a bit."

His assistant, Steve Nichols, tabbed the starters "a young group" of two seniors, a junior and seven sophomores.

But it was quickly apparent that McDonogh's youthfulness didn't mean inexperience, as sophomore striker Jon Cole, one of four national-team pool players, scored off a throw-in five minutes into the game.

"We were in control the whole way, and we just sort of rode the momentum when we needed to," said Cole. "It was our first game, but we had great leadership from [All-Metro sweeper] Pablo Webster and Dave Buehler."

McDonogh, which plays No. 14 Loyola tomorrow , made it 2-0 five minutes before the half. Off a crisp dish from Ben Salsbury, Buehlerdribbled to the left of keeper Tom Prevas (10 saves) and slipped a low blast into the opposite corner. Junior Brooke Bowman scoredthe final goal, a conversion of Haroki Kawase's deflected volley, with 11: 43 remaining.

Outshot 8-2 in the first half (13-8 for the game), the Greyhounds, whose defense was anchored nicely by Adam Heaps, stepped up the pressure.

All-City/County striker Brendan Callahan took the first shot of the half, a 20-yarder that skirted the top of the goal. But his best opportunity came later in a two-on-one situation.

Bob Benson (two saves), McDonogh's sophomore keeper, committed to an oncoming Steve Beverage, who passed off to Callahan behind Benson in the box. But as Callahan tried to kick softly into an unprotected net, defender Cap Poklemba came to the rescue, clearing the ball from the line.

"We lost a lot of players to graduation, and we realize scoring's going to be more difficult," said Callahan. "We worked harder in the second half. We have to do that this year."

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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