McDonogh's speed on offense produces 4-0 win over Liberty Four players score goals for No. 2-ranked Eagles

Boys soccer

October 21, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

McDonogh simply had too much of too many things, as the team ranked regionally No. 2 and nationally No. 21 put away Liberty, rated No. 13 in the metro area, 4-0, in Eldersburg last night.

Four players scored for the Eagles (14-2), two in each half, with two of the goals coming on free kicks.

The back-breaker as far as Liberty coach Ed DeVincent was concerned came from senior Brian Levin, in his second year at McDonogh after spending his first two high school seasons playing on the Liberty JV.

Liberty (8-4) challenged from the opening whistle, but it didn't take McDonogh long to settle into its game, one dictated by speed and dominating the 50-50 balls. The home team had several scoring chances in the first 20-25 minutes of the second half, but Levin's goal with just over nine minutes left made it 3-0.

"This was a game where I chose not to try any technical schemes. I wasn't as concerned about winning-losing as I was playing them a good game," DeVincent said. "We played them straight up. We need to get to the next level, so that's why we play them. And we scrimmaged [No. 1-ranked metro team] Calvert Hall and Loyola.

"We had four or five opportunities when it was a one-two goal game, and we just didn't finish."

McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said, "We tried to prepare our players, because we knew this one would be dogfight. They [Liberty] worked hard and made it difficult for us to do some of things we wanted to."

This was a bruising contest, one in which McDonogh controlled the tempo as juniors Jon Cole and Vinnie Ciarpella dominated the middle. "It was physical and it was intense," Nichols added, "and when those two dominate we're tough to stop."

McDonogh's first goal came with 17 minutes left in the half on a free kick by junior Hiroki Kaswase that Liberty goalkeeper Craig Rauser never saw coming.

Ten minutes later, Kaiser Chowdhry got loose on a breakaway and when Rauser came out to challenge him, he deftly kicked the ball over him from about 15 yards out.

Senior Bobby Chereski completed the McDonogh scoring on a free kick into an unprotected corner of the goal from 12 yards away.

Rauser was solid for most of the game, thwarting several one-on-one situations, and finishing with six saves. His opposite number, sophomore Cam Thompson, had five saves in his 11th shutout.

"We knew about No. 18 [senior Tim Chairs], and he caused some problems, especially with his throw-ins," Thompson said. Chairs put several throws at the goal mouth from at least 40 yards away, but the defenders were able to get the ball out of danger.

"Chairs is the key to our offense, and he seemed off a little in the first half, but in the second he went after the ball more," DeVincent said.

Liberty got steady play from midfielders Kevin Roy and Kris Gooding, and back Mike Reese.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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