Cards fly as Arundel tops Old Mill, 2-0 Beckerman has both goals as Wildcats up mark to 5-0

Boys soccer

September 26, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

If they gave points for aggressive contact in soccer, Arundel and Old Mill would have run the table in Gambrills last night.

Sophomore halfback Kyle Beckerman scored in each half as unbeaten, No. 9-ranked Arundel outlasted Old Mill, 2-0, in a physical game at Steve Carroll Field.

The Anne Arundel County inter-division match-up left the South's Arundel a perfect 5-0. The host Wildcats snapped Old Mill's four-game winning streak, leaving the North division Patriots 5-2-1 overall.

Both coaches stopped short of saying the officials could have called the game tighter.

A rash of yellow cards were issued while several players went down at various times during the 80 minutes of play.

"I'm going to watch my mouth real well," said Old Mill's first year coach, Jim Griffith. "It was a very physical game, the most physical game we have played this year."

Arundel coach Nick Jauschnegg echoed the remarks of his counterpart.

"I wouldn't say it was rough as much as physical," said Jauschnegg, in his 20th season as Wildcat coach.

"I think the referees let it ah, how should I say this? It was just physical, not really too many cheap shots or anything like that. It was just physical."

Despite the aggressive play by both sides, the pace was slow in the first half with Beckerman's direct kick at the 23: 40 mark giving Arundel a 1-0 lead. Most of the play was in the midfield.

Old Mill's Matt Bell and Grant Hess did an excellent job marking Arundel's senior leading scorer Jim Hunter (four goals, three assists on the season).

Hunter assisted Beckerman, a transfer who started as a freshman at DeMatha, on his second goal less than three minutes into the second half.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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