Perry Hall scores early, wins 2nd straight title Capone and Burton help knock off Patterson, 2-0

Boys soccer

November 06, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

At times this season, No. 9-ranked Perry Hall was saddled with a reputation for being a low-percentage finisher requiring several opportunities to score.

But in yesterday's 4A North Region title game at Patterson, the Gators (11-3-1) scored early in each half with Todd Tabor (10 goals, 11 assists for the season) assisting on both.

Even without top defender Kyle Zimmer, out with a knee injury for the year, Perry Hall notched its seventh shutout, 2-0.

The Gators, 3-2 losers to Northwestern of Prince George's County in last year's 4A state title game, won their second consecutive regional crown to advance to the state finals for only the second time in school history.

They will next meet the winner of tonight's 7: 15 West Region fTC final between Sherwood and Whitman on Friday or Saturday at a site and time to be determined today.

"We played well, under the circumstances, but they were a lot better than we thought," said Tabor.

Nine minutes before halftime, Tabor lined a corner kick to the near post, where Tim Burton angled it into the goal off the arch of his right foot.

"I saw the keeper step back, and the low ball coming in. I just stepped in front, put it in," said Burton of his second goal of the year.

Early in the second half, Tabor found junior midfielder Joe Capone (nine goals, nine assists) streaking toward the goal. Capone threaded his way past three defenders and slipped a 10-yarder to the left of diving keeper John Sullivan (six saves).

"They marked me tight in the first half, and I only got passes in the corners or over my head," said Capone.

"But they were off me for the first five minutes of the second half, and I got a pass at my feet and caught them flat-footed."

Patterson (11-1-1), making its fourth straight playoff appearance and its third in a regional title game, trailed 1-0 at halftime even after dominating, shot-wise, 13-4. The Clippers, who start just two seniors, had 20 shots overall.

But Perry Hall's 6-foot-2 goalie, Marc Aqui (12 saves), made 10 first-half stops. Among those, he smothered a 15-yarder by Guillermo Pineda (27 goals, nine assists), and snagged goal-bound long balls from Damian Krzezminski and Shane Howard.

Howard, who cleared one Gators shot in front of an unprotected Patterson goal, also came within inches of the crossbar from 40 yards on the game's first shot.

"They were physical and played a lot of air balls, which is not our game. But that first goal gave us momentum," Aqui said.

"We lost to them 4-0 last year, and 2-0 this year," said Patterson coach Derek Maki. "Maybe next year, we'll turn it around."

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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