Wilde Lake, Bel Air slip, slide to 1-1 tie Second-half penalty kick helps visitors even match

Boys soccer

September 17, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In light of the rainy weather and slippery playing conditions, neither Bel Air nor Wilde Lake seemed particularly upset about yesterday's 1-1 tie at Wilde Lake.

No. 5 Bel Air (1-0-1), the Class 3A state runner-up, and No. 8 Wilde Lake (0-0-1), the Class 2A state runner-up, each has a large number of returning starters and both expect to have strong seasons.

"Anytime you are playing on the road and under these conditions you are supposed to be happy with a tie," Bel Air coach Bill Jefferson said. "Wilde Lake has a good team and a nice control passing attack."

Jefferson played five returning starters and has two more returning starters who are injured and couldn't play yesterday.

One of the injury replacements, right outside fullback Dave Sulkowski, started his first game and made a crucial play.

With his team trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, Sulkowski made a run from his own 18-yard line to Wilde Lake's 15, where he was pulled down by Wilde Lake sweeper Matt Shapiro.

"No one picked him up. Young fullbacks are usually afraid to make a run like that, so I was pleased," Jefferson said.

Sulkowski's bold move resulted in a Bobcats' penalty kick that sweeper Billy Nelson converted. Nelson, captain of the Baltimore Stars club team, also converted a penalty kick in Bel Air's opening victory against Dundalk.

Wilde Lake opened the scoring in the 21st minute on a picture-perfect passing play. David Briefel's cross from the right corner was one-touched by Mamay Clarke to Troy Fitzgerald, whose kick beat Bel Air goalkeeper Ian Minnichbach just inside the left post.

The Wildecats failed to score again despite several opportunities, the best of which was a shot by Clarke off a pass from Fitzgerald on a another bang-bang play late in the second overtime.

"The weather was a significant factor because we couldn't knock it around they way we like," Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said. "We're going to be a good team."

Wilde Lake should be used to bad weather after last season. The Wildecats played their state semifinal game against Parkdale during a monsoon in Hagerstown. The regional final against Glenelg was played in a snowstorm. And the regional semifinal against Oakland Mills was played in the rain.

Bel Air is no stranger to bad weather when it visits Howard County.

"Two years ago we lost to Hammond, 3-2, in a Northeasterner, and four years ago we beat Oakland Mills in the rain, 1-0," Jefferson said.

Girls soccer

The steady rain at Westminster didn't stop Shanna Ziegenfuss and the Liberty offense.

The senior midfielder, the Player of the Year in Carroll County last season, scored two goals and added an assist to lead the No. 14 Lions to a 4-1 win over an improving Owls team.

"As soon as Shanna decided to take over the game, we were in control," DeLaurence said. "She creates so much for our other players and everyone just feeds off it."

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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