McDonogh, flat, still beats Mt. Hebron, 3-0 No. 2-ranked Eagles fly with help of 2nd-half wind

Boys soccer

September 10, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The most important games for No. 2-ranked McDonogh and No. 3 Mount Hebron will come later in the season. And they won't be against each other.

But yesterday's early-season contest at McDonogh was memorable for bragging rights, if for nothing else. It was one of only two games this season that matches top teams from Howard County and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, historically the Baltimore area's two best soccer leagues.

McDonogh won, 3-0, with a sometimes sloppy effort that left coach Steve Nichols less than pleased with his team's play but satisfied with the comfortable winning margin.

"Our big four -- Jon Cole, Vinnie Ciarpella, Cap Poklemba and Hirocki Kawase, who are all potential Division I college players -- struggled," Nichols said.

"They were not on top of their game. Part of that was Mount Hebron. Part of that was not practicing Sunday or Monday and then getting thunderstorms during practice Tuesday. This was the worst we've looked so far, but Mount Hebron was the first quality-team we've played. They have a good coach and had a good game scheme."

McDonogh (3-0) dominated the first 20 minutes offensively but could not finish.

Mount Hebron (0-1) took control for the next 18 minutes and created several dangerous shots that Eagles goalkeeper Bob Benson, who had eight saves for the game, turned away.

Freshman Devin Barclay then made the game's most important vTC play by drawing a tripping-from-behind call in the penalty box against Mount Hebron sophomore Tom Wunk with 1 minute, 24 seconds remaining in the first half.

Cole put the penalty shot into the upper right part of the net.

"I was at the top of the box, at about the 16," Barclay said. "It was awesome, because it opened the gates for us, scoring-wise."

Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy said the call was questionable.

"We held the ball in the midfield too long and didn't play to the wings enough, and that made us work too hard and wore us out," he said.

With the wind at its back in the second half, McDonogh picked up its pace and outshot the Vikings, 11-2.

The game-breaker in the 43rd minute was a 20-yard goal that Hirocki bent over the head of Mount Hebron's second-string goalkeeper, Steve Sweich, who was playing his first high school game at that position, replacing injured Greg Peters.

"Kawase hits the ball better than anyone at any level that I've ever seen," Nichols said. "He hit a knuckleball. The wind helped it."

Nichols had been so displeased with Hirocki's defensive play, however, that he benched him awhile in the first half.

"I was flat and couldn't concentrate in the first half and had to make up for it," Hirocki said of his spectacular goal.

Kaiser Chawdhry scored the final goal from close range off a short pass from Lance Staib in the 54th minute.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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