Rockville dominates Towson in semifinal Lambert makes 19 saves in 3-0 state setback

Boys soccer

November 10, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NEW MARKET -- Towson goalie Bryan Lambert had a big game with 19 saves, the lone positive in a long night for the Generals.

Rockville controlled play with its speed and passing while Bryan Dick, Frank Adusei-Poku and Juan Batres scored to give the Rams a 3-0 victory over the Generals in a Class 2A state semifinal last night at Linganore High School.

Rockville, which meets Wilde Lake in the Class 2A state title game on Saturday at Old Mill, dominated from the start. The Rams kept possession for much of the night and often made Lambert work.

"I knew they were a tough and talented ballclub," said Towson coach Randy Dase. "We were dodging torpedoes all night."

Rockville outshot Towson, 29-6, and the overmatched Generals needed nearly 16 minutes just to get off their first shot.

The Rams took a 1-0 lead when Dick scored with 21 minutes, 39 seconds left in the first half. Mario Caballero started the play by pushing the ball ahead to Dick, who fired a shot past Lambert from 10 yards.

The Rams kept the pressure on and made it 2-0 with 17: 08 left in the first half. Dick pushed a ball that Lambert knocked away -- right to Adusei-Poku, who shot it into an empty net.

Towson played better in the second half, coming up with a few scoring chances. The Generals had to play a man down for the final 34: 41 after co-captain Fred Metschulat got a red card for punching Batres.

Batres scored the final goal with 2: 59 left on a breakaway, but the Rams had long since wrapped up this game.

"They had the long ball and the speed to get to it, which opened up the field," said Lambert. "We gave it a good shot."

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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