Patterson takes first region crown, 1-0 Pratt goal, Krivosh defense spark win over Perry Hall

November 05, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Yesterday was a day of celebration for coach Derek Maki and Patterson.

Ryan Pratt scored midway through the second half and goalie Patrick Krivosh made a big stop with 90 seconds left to give co-No. 15 Patterson a 1-0 victory over visiting Perry Hall in the Class 4A North Region final.

The victory, the 100th of Maki's 14-year career at Patterson, gave the Clippers their first-ever soccer region title. Patterson advances to the state semifinal.

Patterson (15-1) dominated play in the first half. The Clippers pressured Perry Hall (8-5-1) throughout the first 40 minutes and outshot the Gators, 9-2, coming up with numerous scoring chances.

Guillermo Pineda, John Comi and Damian Krzezminski all nearly scored in the first half, but Perry Hall goalie Kyle Zimmer made six of his nine saves to keep the game scoreless.

"In the first half, I thought we played our best half of soccer this season," said Maki. "But we were a little shaky at the start of the second half."

Perry Hall came to life after halftime and began pressuring the Clippers. Jason Holderness had three good scoring chances in the first 15 minutes, but came up empty. Fred Jonjo also nearly scored, but fired a 15-yard shot just wide.

A few minutes later, Patterson's Lou Giannapolis brought the ball down the right wing and fired a 10-yard shot that Zimmer got a hand on. The ball deflected over to Pratt, and his shot caromed off the right post and in.

Patterson nearly scored again a bit later, but Zimmer made a diving save on Pineda's penalty kick. That seemed to fire up Perry Hall, and the Gators turned up the heat as time wound down.

The Gators pushed the ball into Patterson's end several times, but Ed Furst had a big clear and Krivosh made six of his eight saves in the second half. He credited his training as a baseball first baseman for helping him stop a point-blank shot by Nat Goulden.

"I'm used to getting down like that," said Krivosh. "Luckily, I had my hands up."

"We were totally flat in the first half," said Perry Hall coach Ed Wolf. "We just watched them in the first half. You have to play more than one half."

No. 13 Patapsco 1, Franklin 0: Joe Pugh scored on an assist from Greg Hopper in the 25th minute to lead the 13th-ranked Patriots past unranked Franklin in a Class 2A North region final.

Hereford 2, Pikesville 1: Senior Austin Colledge scored with eight minutes left in the game and the visiting Bulls (11-3-2) advanced to the Class 1A state semifinals. The goal came from a crossing pass by senior Justin Horst. Senior Evan Lehmann made 14 saves for Pikesville.

Girls soccer

No. 14 Loch Raven 3, Patapsco 0: Behind senior Jen Graleski's two goals, the No. 14 Raiders (11-3-1) earned a road win in a 2A-3A North semifinal game. Loch Raven goalie Angie Ruocco (six saves) recorded her eighth shutout.

No. 15 Hereford 3, Sparrows Point 0: Missy Mueller, Brooke Levine and Sarah Stoltz scored and Lauren Rice made 10 saves as the Bulls (12-0-3) advanced to the Class 1A-2A region finals against Oakland Mills.

Pub Date: 11/05/97

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