Dulaney airs it out to beat Patapsco, 2-0 Leonard, Quinn goals keep No. 13 Lions unbeaten

Boys soccer

October 01, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Dulaney didn't just answer when opportunity knocked against No. 8 Patapsco yesterday: The Lions welcomed it in, then slammed the door shut on the Patriots.

The No. 13 Lions' long-ball, air attack led to Will Leonard's goal late in the first half and another by Pat Quinn early in the second as Dulaney held off the Patriots, 2-0, in a Baltimore County Division I game. The victory improved the Lions to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the league.

The score might have been more one-sided had it not been for the play of Patriots keeper Eric Lloyd, who made 12 saves.

"We just came in here and busted our tails, hoping to get lucky," said Leonard, whose left-footed score came with eight minutes left in the first half.

The Patriots, 2A state champs in 1995, had played evenly with the Lions until Leonard one-timed Eric Gray's cross-field pass over the outstretched hands of a back-pedaling Lloyd for a 1-0 lead.

"I wasn't looking at the goal. I just cranked it off the first bounce and hoped it would go in," said Leonard, who launched his volley from about 20 yards. "I knew I didn't have time to settle it, so I just pulled the trigger."

The Lions pressed their advantage from there, producing four of their five corner kicks in the second half, behind midfielders Tony Arditi, Tom McGinley and freshman Jon Newton -- an Olympic Developmental Regional Team player from Reading, Pa.

"Their first shot was spectacular, right into the upper corner. Our heads went down, and we stopped communicating and ended up giving up the middle, trying to score," said Patapsco coach Dave Ingle. "We were putting the ball in the air, which is their game. They were able to just bring it up and shove it down our throats."

Dulaney's penetration set up the next goal, off a three-man relay that began with a corner kick from Steve Will.

"It was a spur-of-the-moment thing: Will played me a short ball, and I saw a space at the 18," said Arditi. "I just cranked it low into a crowd, and Quinn was able to poke it in."

Patapsco, outshot 21-8 for the game, had two of its better chances smothered by keeper Craig Hutton (nine saves) in the game's waning moments.

Top scorer Mike Brown was stuffed from 15 yards, and second-leading scorer Joe Pugh from 10 yards. Both were one-on-one chances.

"Anytime you have skilled players who can take the ball forward a number of times, you can break a team down," Arditi said. "They came out with a lot of heart, but we just stepped it up and were able to take it to them."

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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