Wilde Lake pulls all the strings, toys with Broadneck Wildecats' attack stymies Bruins in 3-1 victory

Class 3A boys soccer

October 29, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Wilde Lake Wildecats were the puppet masters; the Broadneck Bruins were the puppets.

That's the extent to which Wilde Lake's short-passing game controlled the visiting Bruins in a 3-1 Class 3A East region quarterfinal victory yesterday.

No. 7-ranked Wilde Lake (9-2-2) advanced to the region semifinals Friday against the winner of yesterday's City-J.M. Bennett game.

Wilde Lake, which has won six state titles, is seeking its first since 1991. The Wildecats have lost in the state finals three of the past four seasons.

"They [Wilde Lake] controlled the game," Broadneck coach Jon Braun said. "They have a very talented short-passing game. We had some speed up front and thought we'd get some chances to counterattack. But they scored a couple of goals off restarts that really hurt us."

Two freshmen, Michael Dello-Russo and Ian Rodway, continued to play critical roles in Wilde Lake's success this season.

Dello-Russo (four goals, four assists) scored the game's first goal in the fourth minute off a short pass from Matt Russell. Dello-Russo was in front of the goal about 12 yards out.

Dello-Russo said he and Rodway feel the pressure of the playoffs as freshmen, but are trying not to let it get to them. "We know that nine guys won't be back next season and are trying not to let them down," he said.

Rodway (nine goals, one assist) scored from 6 yards out in the 58th minute to put Wilde Lake ahead, 2-1. Rodway right-footed a free kick from Josh Mazalweski, who was near the touchline at the 25-yard mark. Rodway leads the team in goals.

"Michael and Ian have been a tower of strength this season and I thank their club team coach for sending them to us," Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said.

Wilde Lake salted the game away in the 65th minute on senior fullback Chris Matheson's first career goal. Matheson slid and poked in a shot by Jesse McDonough. The play began with a corner kick.

Broadneck (6-6-1) scored in the 36th minute to tie the game at halftime. Broadneck halfback John Parisi made a cross that Wilde Lake goalkeeper Nick Parypinski tried to catch. The goalkeeper was a step too slow coming out, however. Phil Morrison slide-tackled the ball away from him, and then stood up and kicked the ball into an open goal.

"To give up such a soft goal on a mental error was very disappointing, especially since they had played such a passive attack, keeping nine men behind us," Nesbitt said. "But we came out aggressively in the second half."

No.3 River Hill 10, Surrattsville 0: Senior Adom Crew and Sophomore Chris Hastings each scored two goals to lead the No.3 Hawks (12-1) past visiting Surrattsville. Sophomore DeForest McDuff had three assists and Sophomore Todd Tedrow had two assists for River Hill.

Girls soccer

No.12 River Hill 3, Thomas Stone 1: Senior Kathy Gaertner had a goal and an assist to lead the visiting Hawks (12-2) over Thomas Stone in a 2A-3A South playoff game. Senior Caitlin Bair scored the go-ahead goal for River Hill.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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