Pineda, Patterson rule city yet again Clippers' 4th title in row comes at Poly's expense, 5-1

October 22, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Guillermo Pineda scored three goals, and teammates Damian Krzezminski and Pedro Davila scored the others, as No. 15 Patterson held off a spirited challenge at Poly to win its fourth straight boys Baltimore City soccer championship, 5-1.

Pineda, an All-City and All-County striker with a school-record 104 career goals, netted two goals with his left foot and one with his right -- the latter being a direct kick for a 2-0 lead.

The Clippers (13-1), winners of nine straight, beat Poly (8-3) by a combined 12-0 in two regular-season games but led 1-0 at halftime yesterday. "They were pressing us, but Guillermo's second goal was the turnaround," 14th-year coach Derek Maki said.

Davila made it 3-0. But it was 3-1 with 21 minutes to play after Poly's Michael Jackson danced past keeper Pat Krivosh (five saves) to kick a bouncing long-ball into an unprotected net.

It was only the ninth goal allowed by Krivosh, who batted away a dead-on shot by Poly's top scorer Demetri Lerakis (10 goals, two assists) less than a minute into the second half.

"If I score there, it's a different ballgame," said Lerakis, who later hit the post, headed a ball over the crossbar and shot wide of the near-side post. "We tried really hard. We had nothing to lose."

Krivosh has nine shutouts behind veteran defenders Shane Howard, Devin Shayne and George Theofanidis. Poly's Nick Cox had nine saves.

Patterson will make its fifth consecutive 4A North Region semifinal appearance on Oct. 31 against Mervo. Patterson, a runner-up three times, lost the past two title games to Perry Hall by 4-0 and 2-0, respectively.

Pineda (37 goals, 10 assists this year) shook Carl Warren's in-your-shirt defense yesterday, but he expects to see more specialized marking in the next few weeks. He'll need help from Krzezminski (eight goals, five assists), senior Lou Giannapolis (six, 10), junior John Comi (18, six) and sophomore Lukazs Marcisz (six, eight).

In last year's regional title game, the Clippers had a 13-2 shots-on-goal advantage in the first half (20-12 for the game) over Perry Hall only to lose "because of two mistakes," Krzezminski said.

"We didn't like how our season ended," said Theofanidis, who was ejected late against Perry Hall. "We'll come out, play our game, then we'll see."

The Clippers returned 14 players, including nine starters, from last year's 11-1-1 squad. And hoping to take their game to another level, Maki took the Clippers to an early season tournament at Magruder of Montgomery County.

Patterson frustrated the Colonels, ranked No. 8 in a Washington Post poll, but lost the tournament title game, 3-1. "If we played them again the next day, we'd have beaten them," Patterson assistant Rick Ardinger said.

Maki and his players will scout No. 6 Dulaney (12-0) in tonight's Baltimore County Championship game at Kenwood (9-0-2).

"The losing's over," Pineda said. "We're going all the way."

Pub Date: 10/22/97

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