Whitman's onslaught proves too much for North County Seven straight goals end year for Knights, 7-1

November 11, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

North County led, 1-0, four minutes into the game, but allowed seven unanswered goals, including five in the second half as Whitman won its sixth straight game, 7-1 and a chance to go for its second straight title.

North County keeper Shawn Jones had 21 saves.

The Knights (8-7-1) reached the semifinals after upsetting both Arundel and Severna Park -- teams they'd lost to earlier by a combined, 9-1, during the regular season.

And after Justin Toth's goal, off an assist from Justin Bates 4: 26 into the game, the it seemed their Cinderella season might continue.

But the Vikings tied the game at 13: 18 off a bicycle kick by Aaron Bernstein, and took a permanent lead, 2-1, when Jose Grandiller assisted Eric Bushee in the 17th minute.

Bernstein scored his second goal, and David Atchortua, the Viking's third, for a 4-1 lead 2: 03 into the second half. Atchortua later assisted on Bushee's second goal, Grandiller made it 6-1. Whitman coach Dave Greene removed all of his starters shortly thereafter, as reserve Gerald Pelayo added the Vikings' final goal.

"We were hoping to ride our defense with the double-stopper, hold it close, and it worked in the first half," said North County coach Greg Helms. "But in the second half, the gates opened. Still, we don't feel that it's a fluke that we got here. The kids worked hard. We had a great season."

Bowie 4, Patterson 1: Patterson (15-2) made its first-ever appearance in the Class 4A state semifinals last night at North County, but won't be playing in the title game after being turned away by Bowie of Prince George's County.

Scott Buete assisted Dave Groff for a 1-0 halftime lead, and scored twice in a three-goal second half. Pat Magruder, assisted by Eric Anewalt, scored the Bulldogs' third goal as Bowie (15-2-1) earned a shot at defending state champion Whitman (12-5-1), a 7-1 winner over North County, in Saturday's championship game at Old Mill.

Guillermo Pineda prevented the shutout with his 40th goal of the year (the 105th of his career) with 12 minutes left. Pineda also has 12 assists. Pat Krivosh, who entered with 11 shutouts, had 17 saves for Patterson.

"I wasn't my sharpest tonight, but they scored some good goals. Nothing much I could do about them," said Krivosh, who hadn't played goalie since he was 12-years old before this season. "We're proud of ourselves. We've had a great season."

Said defender Devin Shane said: "We broke down in the back there and lost a little faith and it was hard to come back."

The teams had seven shots each in the first half, but Bowie went up, 1-0, in the 13th minute. Both Pineda, who also has 12 assists, and Shane Howard missed opportunities to tie the game at 1-1 after their respective direct kicks sailed inches high of the crossbar.

"First tiime being here, I don't think we played that badly," said coach Derek Makis, whose 100th career win came by 1-0 over Perry Hall for the Clippers' first-ever North Region crown. "We didn't have much chance to scout them, but I'm proud of their performance."

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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