W. Johnson eliminates Bel Air Bethesda school wins, 2-1, ending 10-game streak

November 10, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Walter Johnson used a bit of something old and something new to squeeze by Bel Air, 2-1, in a cold, rainy Class 3A state semifinal at Catonsville Community College last night.

For the second week in a row, the Wildcats (15-1-1) needed a late second-half goal to reach the next round. This time, it was the first goal of the season by Priam Chun with 14 minutes left that sent the Bethesda school to next Saturday's championship game.

Demetri Antzoulatos set up the game-winner with a crossing pass; Chun hit the far post with a shot, and the ball caromed into the back of the net.

The loss ended a 10-game Bel Air (12-3-1) winning streak and thwarted its bid to return to the state championship game for a second straight year.

Two Wildcats' defenders had stellar efforts in front of goalkeeper Ben Deering -- sweeper Chris Sewall and stopper Dave Scouras.

"They gave us the most trouble of any team we've faced," said Sewall, and Scouras, saddled with the job of marking one of the Bobcats top offensive threats, Brian Malcolm, admitted he was one of the best he had played against.

Bel Air applied the early pressure, but it was Walter Johnson that scored first, 10 minutes into the game. Dave Marquardt, a senior, beat the Bobcats' junior goalkeeper, Ian Minnichbach, from 15 yards out on the right side.

With just under four minutes left in the half, Malcolm, a senior, tied it with his 13th goal. He lifted a shot over Deering, who had come out to challenge, and the ball rolled into the open net.

Centennial streak ends

Centennial's 45-game winning streak and hopes for a third straight state Class 3A championship ended last night at Catonsville Community College.

Thomas Stone goalkeeper Chris Stark had three saves during a shootout that decided the contest. Thomas Stone (16-0) won the shootout, 7-5.

The Eagles (14-1), ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area and No. 3 in the nation, had plenty to second-guess, including two goals that were called back by the officials for offside and obstruction, and a two-on-one breakaway that they failed to convert.

Centennial scored first in the 28th minute on a goal by Matt Stephenson. Later in the half, Thomas Stone's Joey McCall scored on a defensive breakdown, as two Centennial defenders and goalkeeper Christian Lewis all came out on the right wing to stop an offensive thrust by Ricky Brown.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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