Perry Hall ousts Lions, 2-0 win is coach's 100th

Loss is Dulaney's third this season to Gators

Boys soccer

November 02, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Perry Hall coach Ed Wolf stood quietly off to the side after the game, seemingly absorbing the moment.

He had just finished watching Joe Capone and Todd Taber head in goals to give the No. 10 Gators a 2-0 victory over No. 11 Dulaney in a Class 2A North semifinal game yesterday.

It gave Wolf his 100th career coaching victory -- a milestone sweetened by the fact it occurred against long-time rival Dulaney.

"All I know is that most of my losses have come against Dulaney," said Wolf, whose teams lost to Dulaney every season from 1984 through 1991. "Every year [in the playoffs], it's either them or us."

So, this is the second straight year that Perry Hall has knocked Dulaney out of the playoffs. Last year, the Gators ended a long string of playoff losses to the Lions with a shootout victory.

Perry Hall (12-3-1), which lost in last year's state championship game, advances to play Patterson in the Class 2A North region final on Tuesday. The Lions (8-3-1) ended their season, with all three of their losses coming at the hands of the Gators.

After a scoreless first half yesterday, the Gators started to create chances with a strong passing attack.

Perry Hall jumped out 1-0 when junior midfielder Capone tapped a crossing pass off the right side of his head nearly seven minutes into the second half.

Almost 10 minutes later, senior forward Todd Taber headed in a soft curling pass from Kevin McCarty among four Dulaney defenders to increase Perry Hall's lead to 2-0.

"The first half, we weren't playing our game," Taber said. "We were playing a lot of kick-and-run. In the second half, we started to pull together. We were looking to pass off to one another."

After that scoring flurry, Perry Hall senior goalkeeper Marc Aqui stuffed Dulaney's attack. Aqui made seven of his 10 saves in the second half as the Lions outshot the Gators, 12-6.

Aqui had several tense moments as Dulaney crowded the goal near the game's end. He preserved his shutout with six minutes remaining by punching away a shot headed for the left corner.

"It was a lot of fun out there," Aqui said. "I try to keep a level head but on that play, I really got pumped up."

Aqui recorded his third shutout of the season against Dulaney. Perry Hall beat the Lions by 2-0 and 1-0 during the regular season.

"We've had our run, where we've stuck it to them. Now they are having their run," Dulaney coach Craig Laferty said. "They scored on their opportunities. We couldn't dent the net against the Gators. Today, it was all about the Gators."

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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