Saints bow to vengeful Boys' Latin Lakers win MIAA B title

Miletich stars in goal

Boys soccer

November 10, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Boys' Latin coach Butch Maisel has been carrying a note with a familiar message in his pocket all fall. Lest he forget the message, it was on the Lakers' locker-room wall all season, too: "UMBC, unfinished business."

It's finished.

A goal by Kip Edwards with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half stood up as Boys' Latin won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship, 1-0, over St. Mary's at UMBC yesterday.

It was the Lakers' second win in three meetings with the Saints this fall.

The win could have been easier had it not been for the spectacular play of St. Mary's goalie Matt Miletich, who had 12 saves. Edwards' goal from Jon Singer on a set piece about 20 yards away off a throw-in barely looped over Miletich.

St. Mary's (12-6-1) was co-champion with St. Paul's last year after eliminating defending champion Boys' Latin in a semifinal shootout. That loss on a nasty, rainy day in Annapolis was the Lakers' incentive for 1996.

"After that game, as we're lying there in the mud and dirt in the rain, I said, 'Guys, we've got one thing left. It's unfinished business next year, and hopefully, we're going to meet the same team [St. Mary's] and finish the score,' " said Maisel, proudly showing the piece of paper with the reminder.

The Lakers' coach got his wish when his team blanked Friends, 2-0, while St. Mary's knocked off St. Paul's, 1-0, in the semifinals earlier this week.

Senior sweeper Dave Rose, who drew high praise from Maisel yesterday after anchoring the defense, hammered the message home when the coach didn't.

"My first game back was in the playoffs, down there in the rain," said Rose, who suffered a head wound that required 65 stitches in the game at Boys' Latin last year.

Rose made sure with his inspiring play, which limited the Saints to only nine shots on goal, compared to 21 by the Lakers. Rose, John Glatzel on the flank and Matt Thanner frustrated the Saints' attempts to penetrate and gave goalkeeper Andy Strothman (four saves) most of the afternoon off.

St. Mary's player yesterday was clearly Miletich, who had a hand in preventing six near scores by the Lakers in the second half.

A sliding clear by Miletich with about 20 minutes to go and an incredible block of a shot from Singer at point blank range with just over 11 minutes left kept the Saints alive.

"Their goalie played a championship game," said Maisel.

St. Mary's coach Jamie McNealey agreed.

"Matt played great -- been like that all year," said McNealey, who also credited his sweeper, Justin Wells, and halfback Kevin Corradini with outstanding efforts.

"We had opportunities, but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. We didn't communicate."

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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