Dulaney takes crown by downing Kenwood Arditi, Quinn, Duerbeck score in Lions' 3-0 win

October 23, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Kenwood, having more than reversed last year's 3-7 record, hoped to top off its regular season last night with the Baltimore County title that eluded it two years ago against eventual Class 2A state champ Patapsco.

Different year, different opponent, but same result as Dulaney ousted Kenwood, 3-0, in the county championship by the exact same score of the Bluebirds' loss two years back.

Tony Arditi scored the game-winning goal, his sixth of the season to go with four assists, with 15 minutes left in the first half, and teammates Pat Quinn and Jerry Duerbeck assisted each other's second-half goals.

The Lions improved to 13-0 and avenged a loss few of them even knew about.

"We beat them over there at Dulaney in 1967," said Kenwood's long-time coach, Carroll Hess, 58. "They finally got us back."

Kenwood's defense had allowed six goals and recorded nine shutouts, anchored by sweeper Chris O'Leary and goalkeeper Rob Hudnet (11 saves). But after being outshot 11-7 in the first half, Dulaney outshot Kenwood, 14-1.

Arditi, Steve Will (five goals, nine assists), Tom McGinley, Will Leonard and Jon Newton (four goals, four assists) "had more skill than I realized," said Mike Libber, Kenwood assistant and a former All-Metro Player of the Year at Archbishop Curley.

Dulaney defenders Romas Krywonis (6-foot-3, 190) and Dave Koplin (6-2) were constant threats on set plays. Krywonis has finished eight goals off his head.

Arditi, at the far post, used his head to redirect John Holloway's 30-yard throw-in into the opposite side. The goal came during a period when Kenwood had built a 5-1 advantage in shots.

"I thought someone would get it before it hit the ground," said Holloway, "but I was glad Tony was there to put it away."

The Bluebirds then pressured for the tying goal but were thwarted by Koplin and Mike Keppler -- who cleared two balls from in front of an empty net -- along with keeper Craig Hutton, who made five of his eight saves in the final six minutes of the first half.

The Bluebirds' missed chances included Justin Buscemi hitting the crossbar, and Hutton snagging Mike Munzert's subsequent 10-yard volley before smothering a ball at Chris Lamb's feet.

The Bluebirds couldn't score despite having top scorers Buscemi (13 goals, five assists), Lamb (seven, six), Joe Greaver (13, six) and Don Driggers (seven, seven).

"If we get a goal, we snap back, get on our way," Buscemi said. "But we hit the post, then the crossbar when the goalie came out, and missed headers."

With 28: 49 to play, Quinn's left-footed shot skipped in off the hands of Hudnet for his team-high 10th goal. The play developed off a through ball from Duerbeck, who later finished a rebound of PTC Quinn's initial shot -- blocked by Hudnet -- for the final margin.

"I think we're playing our best ball right now," Quinn said.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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