Early penalty kick wins for top-rated River Hill Salganik's third goal of week trips Wilde Lake

Boys soccer

September 25, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill, newly anointed this week with the area's No. 1 ranking, played at Wilde Lake yesterday like a team intent upon keeping that position.

The Hawks (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) knocked off fourth-ranked Wilde Lake 1-0 on a penalty kick by team co-captain and sweeper Sam Salganik 12 minutes into the game.

The goal was Salganik's third in two games this week, and was a good personal tonic in the wake of the death of his mother's sister Saturday. She was buried Tuesday. Salganik also scored twice in Monday's 4-1 win over Good Counsel.

"It's been a stressful week, but soccer has helped me forget for a while and given me a lift," said Salganik.

River Hill created 11 dangerous dead-ball scoring situations with five corner kicks and six re-starts or throw-ins from inside the Wilde Lake 18-yard line. Wilde Lake (2-1-1, 0-1) created only two corner kicks and one dangerous throw-in.

"Their defenders don't move as well laterally as they do front and back, and that's what created the scoring opportunities," said Hawks coach Bill Stara.

Hawks striker Adom Crew drew the foul from Wilde Lake fullback Chris Matheson that created the penalty kick.

"I got the ball at the 40 and moved right, and he got my legs as he tried to slide tackle me [in the penalty box]," Crew said.

Salganik kicked the winning goal to Wilde Lake goalkeeper Nick Parypinski's lower right side, just inside the post.

Unable to create a clinching second goal, River Hill went into a defensive shell employing five midfielders with 12 minutes left.

Wilde Lake created few opportunities. Matt Shapiro's direct kick from the near the sideline, about 10 yards off the baseline, went over the goal. And one of Michael Dello-Russo's corner kicks also sailed over the goal.

The Wildecats played with one target striker, Robert Ratcliffe, and two withdrawn strikers, Dello-Russo and Ian Rodway.

"They had a good defense, and we missed our chances," Ratcliffe said.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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