Perry Hall gives 4-0 jolt to Dulaney McCarty scores 3 to snap Lions' unbeaten streak

Boys soccer

November 01, 1997|By Brant James | Brant James,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Kevin McCarty had never scored three goals in a game in his high school career. Faced with the possibility of every game being his last at Perry Hall, the senior striker added the hat trick to his resume yesterday.

McCarty scored the host Gators' first three goals and just missed another as Perry Hall upset No. 6-ranked, previously unbeaten Dulaney, 4-0, to advance to the Class 4A North boys soccer championship game.

Perry Hall (8-4-1), the two-time region champ, will have to beat old rival Patterson next week in the region finals to advance to the state tournament.

No flukes, McCarty's goals resulted from the Gators' constant presence in the Lions' defensive end after a Dulaney flurry to begin the game. Midfielders Albert Miller and Chad Paradis kept the Gators' chances coming, using footwork and coach Ed Wolf's strategy of attacking up the wings.

Paradis finished with two assists and was credited with the Gators' fourth score, which actually was an own-goal off a Dulaney defender.

McCarty gave Perry Hall a 1-0 lead with 36: 32 left until halftime when he took a Paradis throw-in off his chest, whirled and flicked a shot over goaltender Craig Hutton, who had 15 saves.

"I had no one to pass to," McCarty said, "so I just collected it and tried to put it high."

Scoring first was crucial, Wolf said, especially because Dulaney's Willie Leonard had just missed slipping a header past goaltender Kyle Zimmer in the opening minutes.

"If they had scored that first goal, the whole game changes," he said.

Zimmer made the first of his 13 saves on the play, however, setting the tone for a day when he was in full control of his penalty box. Many of Dulaney's few incursions into the Gators' end resulted in dangerous crosses, but the bulky Zimmer was constantly able to bat away or pull down balls before the Lions could finish.

"The score was indicative of how we were out-executed," Dulaney coach Craig Laferty said. "It's just a shame we waited until the last game of the season to have our worst game."

McCarty gave Perry Hall a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half when he took a long lead pass from Miller, off a won ball at midfield, and popped a shot by Hutton. Paradis fed McCarty near the goal mouth for the third goal at 16: 43.

Wolf said he was hoping to face Patterson -- which beat Mervo, 5-0, yesterday -- to erase the impression that his team was "dominated" despite beating the Clippers 2-0 in last fall's region final. Perry Hall was out-shot, 13-4, in the first half of that game and allowed 20 shots overall.

"We really want Patterson," he said. "They said they only lost because of two mistakes they made last year, but by my count they only had about five shots."

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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