Arundel tops defending county champ Broadneck Donohue's first-half goal spells difference, 1-0

October 15, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Jon Donohue's opportunistic goal in the first 20 minutes gave No. 10 Arundel-ranked a 1-0 win over Broadneck, and it was rather symbolic to say the least.

Donohue's goal came when Bruins goalkeeper Joey Case dived to stop one shot, but lost the ball with Donohue right on it.

With the victory over the defending county champion Bruins (6-4-1, 2-2) in Cape St. Claire last night, the Wildcats (11-1, 3-1) put themselves in position to clinch the South Division title by virtue of the county's tiebreaker criteria.

Arundel can advance to Tuesday's county championship game 7 p.m. at Severna Park with a victory at home over Annapolis (3-6-1, 0-3). The Wildcats would finish 4-1 and Severna Park (6-5-1, 2-0-1), a 1-0 winner over Arundel last Friday, could end up 4-0-1.

The top priority in the tiebreaker is most wins and if the two teams tied with four (Severna Park would have to win at Broadneck) wins each, it would go to step two in the criteria. That is most wins in the county league overall and Arundel's 6-0 against the North easily wins.

"We had to come back and win this game," said Donohue, a senior fullback. "We needed this game to go to counties this year. We knew what we had to do."

A cross by Matt Hunter was snuffed by Case, but as he started to roll over, the ball trickled out and Donohue kicked it in from less than 10 yards.

"I saw the ball come loose, and I just made my run in and got my foot on it," said Donohue. "I scored a couple like that in club ball, but never in high school. I was kind of looking for it, saw my player running down the line on a cross, just thought I would get in there."

Arundel won a lot of balls and kept it in Broadneck's half of the field most of the night. It took the Wildcats a while to get going in the first half and even more time in the second half.

"I wasn't real pleased with our play in the second half," said

Arundel coach Nick Jauschnegg. "We weren't doing the things with the ball we like to do."

Part of that was the total play of Broadneck junior midfielder Jon Parisi who hounded the county's leading scorer, sophomore Kyle Beckerman. Beckerman came into the game with 11 goals and three assists, but was marked relentlessly by Parisi.

Beckerman never got off a decent shot in the first half and broke away for one that went wide left with about four minutes left in the game.

Jauschnegg's reference to the second half was supported by the fact that his Cats did not get off anything resembling a shot in the second half until 15 minutes had passed. Hunter (eight goals, five assists) got that one off, but Case was there to reject it.

Said Donohue: "I think we thought this was going to be an easy one and we figured that it wasn't and we turned up the intensity a little bit."

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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