Wilde Lake pins 1st loss on Hebron No. 4 Wildecats also end 3-year skid against Vikings with 2-0 victory

Boys soccer

October 04, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

All else being equal, a senior-laden team normally defeats a younger team.

That was the story yesterday at Wilde Lake where the fourth-ranked Wildecats knocked off the previously unbeaten No. Mount Hebron Vikings, 2-0.

Wilde Lake's seniors had never beaten Mount Hebron and were not about to let the Vikings make it four in a row. "We had plenty of extra motivation today," said Matt Shapiro, one of four senior Wildecat defensemen.

The bigger, older Wildecats (5-1-1 overall, 3-1 league) ran down the Vikings in the second half, scoring twice in a five-minute period.

"There's no question we wore them down," Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said. "That's why you like to have seniors."

Mount Hebron (3-1-1, 2-1) starts only one senior, but its lineup is so skilled it played even up with Wilde Lake in the first half.

The Vikings missed two clean shots at the goal and squandered a dangerous serve to the front of the goal by goalkeeper Tom Wunk that half.

Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy, a former Wilde Lake junior varsity coach and Wilde Lake player, said: "To beat seniors you have to score early when you get opportunities."

Wunk, Mount Hebron's starting senior, also saved one hard shot Ian Rodway off his chest from close range and made an equally sensational save in the second half.

"Both teams have excellent keepers," Nesbitt said. "Their keeper creates on longball situations."

Shapiro said: "We were really impressed by Mount Hebron's team. They worked real hard. And Wunk always gives us fits."

Wunk could not save a header from the weak side by Robert Ratcliffe from 10 yards out in the 50th minute. The score came off a cross by Chris Matheson from the 18-yard line. Wunk was shielded by his own player as he came out.

"It was a great cross," said Ratcliffe, a sophomore striker. "I was at the back post and came forward and flicked it in." It was his fourth goal this season.

Nesbitt said: "We snuck people up on the weak side and have been working on that in practice, so it was nice to see it work."

Five minutes later, the Wildecats put the game away when freshman midfielder Ian Rodway's kick from 30 yards rippled the upper net to Wunk's left side.

"We're starting to come around," Nesbitt said. "Today our freshmen [Rodway and Michael Dello-Russo] made a difference. Our role players are now beginning to step up. This is the best game we've played this season. Traditionally we try to peak at the end of October."

Pub Date: 10/04/97

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