Hammond stuns Wildecats behind Pietryka's 2 goals No. 12 Bears put goose egg on No. 4 Wilde Lake, 2-0

Boys soccer

October 21, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The wind was against 12th-ranked Hammond in the second half of yesterday's game with fourth-ranked Wilde Lake. Luckily for the Bears, forward Brian Pietryka was with them.

Pietryka scored a pair of goals to break a scoreless tie, lifting host Hammond to an improbable 2-0 win in a Howard County League game.

With the win, Hammond (9-3-1 overall, 5-3 in the league) mathematically eliminated the Wildecats (7-2-2, 5-2-1) from a shot at the league championship. The Bears can again play the role of spoiler Wednesday when they face River Hill. If Hammond beats the Hawks and Centennial defeats Glenelg, then Centennial would win the title outright.

The stiff breeze was a huge factor all afternoon, giving a noticeable advantage to the team playing with it at its backs. Hammond, however, was unable to capitalize in the first half, losing its best chance when Osamu Ito's breakaway attempt hit the post and was quickly covered by goalie Nick Parypinski 8: 50 into the game.

"We were definitely worried about the wind," said the Bears' Ryan Pflugrad. "We were trying to get an early one, but we took the wind in the first half and didn't score any. It's very surprising that we scored two goals against the wind like that on such a good defense."

When Wilde Lake missed out on a pair of prime scoring opportunities early in the second half -- including Lars Berg's shot off the crossbar following Michael Dello-Russo's corner kick -- Hammond took full advantage.

Pietryka's first goal came with 27: 55 to play, as he redirected Jason Decker's corner into the near corner of the net to make it 1-0.

"They had all their big guys in the center," said Pietryka. "The ball got to me before they did, and I just deflected it right in."

Then with under two minutes to play, he came up with the ball after a direct kick and, with the goalie out of position, scored into an empty net to put the game out of reach.

Hammond coach Rich Corkran, who called the win one of his team's two best games of the season, said the wind can be far less intimidating if a team knows how to deal with it.

"In some ways you're better off going into the wind," said Corkran. "If you can play the ball at the feet, you can open up something and get some shots."


No. 9 River Hill 2, Atholton 0: Caitlin Bair and Krista Killian scored first-half goals as the second-year Hawks improved to 8-0 and clinched the Howard championship. Oakland Mills is second at 6-2. River Hill (10-1 overall) ends the regular season tomorrow against visiting Hammond, then hosts Chopticon Friday in a first-round playoff game.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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