Wilde Lake sputters to victory over Central Coach raps his ** Wildecats after 3-1 semifinal win

Boys soccer

November 02, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt had a few barbs ready to let his team know he didn't think it played well despite a 3-1 victory over Prince George's County's Central in the Class 2A South Region semifinals yesterday.

"They have $120 shoes, $75 dollar uniforms and played a 50-cent game," said Nesbitt of his team. "They had the arrogance to think that because they were from Columbia, all they had to do was just show up and they'd win."

Wilde Lake, accustomed to playing on relatively plush fields, had to compensate for a field that was bare of grass in many spots.

"The facilities were not the greatest, but this is what the rest of the world plays on," Nesbitt said. "Central hustled their behinds off. I give them credit. This was not one of our pretty games, but it's a 'W,' and we'll take it."

Wilde Lake (9-4-1), state finalists last season, dominated the first half, outshooting Central, 14-3. And the 15th-ranked Wildecats led at halftime, 3 -0.

Senior David Briefel (14 goals, seven assists) scored two of those goals, and fullback Steve Feddor scored the other.

Briefel dribbled down the left sideline and drilled a kick through goalkeeper Matt Adkins' hands in the seventh minute for a 1-0 lead.

Central nearly tied it a bit later, but sweeper Lars Berg made a kick-out save on a shot behind goalkeeper Nick Parypinski. Berg played especially well in the air.

A short while later, Central (10-4-2) had another chance, as Aruna Fofana went one-on-one with Parypinski, who made an initial diving save. Fullback Kerry Fitzgerald kicked away a follow-up shot near the goal-line.

Feddor made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute, lofting a 40-yard chipshot over the wandering Adkins' head.

After Central was called for a hand-ball violation in the box, Briefel missed a penalty kick. He booted the ball directly at Adkins.

But in the 36th minute, Matt Shapiro kicked a restart from 30 yards out to Briefel, who headed it in -- again right through the goalkeeper's hands.

Briefel "made the difference in the game," said Central coach Luis Gusman. "We had to guard him all the time, and that took a man out of our rotation. He was like a quarterback.

"They came with a simple plan to play the wings and cross it, and they did it well. They were coached well and had great skill. My team is mostly sophomores and freshmen."

Central scored against second-team goalkeeper Matt Pickett in the 50th minute on a kick by Fofana that flicked off Falcon striker Craig Reid's arm.

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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