Glenelg Country wins piece of MIAA C crown Liparini goal forces 1-1 tie with Arlington Baptist

Boys soccer

November 10, 1996|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Last night was cold and rainy at UMBC, but you got the idea there was no place Glenelg Country School sophomore Dan Liparini would rather have been.

Liparini scored on a give-and-go play midway through the second half to lift the Dragons (10-6-1) to a 1-1 tie with Arlington Baptist in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's C Conference championship. The score held up through regulation and two overtimes, and the teams were declared co-champions.

"I can't be too happy with a tie," said Liparini, "but it's a great feeling to win a championship, especially with the team we have."

This year the Dragons only had one senior -- forward Jason Casely-Hayford -- playing in the championship game, and he assisted on Liparini's goal.

"This team has a lot of character," said first-year coach Craig Shale. "When we got behind, I knew Dan would come through."

For a while, it appeared the young Dragons had run out of luck.

Arlington senior Kevin Hamilton headed a bouncer off the turf and over the head of Glenelg goalie C. J. Bowles with 10: 39 left in the first half as the Eagles dictated much of the action.

But Glenelg got its offense going, and the Dragons tied the game on a good piece of teamwork with 24: 12 remaining. Defender Ed Kernan sent a long clear to Liparini in the midfield area, and Liparini was joined by Casely-Hayford for a two-on-one breakaway.

Liparini, who has scored 16 goals this season, fed the ball to Casely-Hayford, who returned it to him. Liparini then beat Arlington keeper Kevin Lowe high to his right from 10 yards out.

Shale says his young team exceeded his expectations and that he is not upset with the tie after coming so close.

"Give Arlington credit, they have a good team, and it was a well-played game," Slade said. "Besides, we have everyone coming back and we expect to be here next year."

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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