Will's hat trick leads Dulaney to payback Lions rip Perry Hall, 5-1, easing 4-0 playoff memory

Boys soccer

September 17, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Steve Will hopes someday to duplicate the wizardry of yesterday's hat trick, which came during a 5-1 non-league Baltimore County upset of 13th-ranked Perry Hall.

For now, however, the Dulaney senior will simply relish in how he one-timed each of his scores into the net's "upper 90," or corners, and got an assist, as well.

"I've been practicing those kicks," said Will, who staked the Lions to a 4-0 lead, "but it's pretty wild how it worked out."

Will made the score 2-0 in the game's first 3: 40, blasting a cross-field 30-yarder over Perry Hall goalkeeper Matt Barrett, who would make nine saves.

A minute later, Will slipped in a similar shot.

At 7: 20 of the second half, Will struck again.

Using his head, Will deflected Paul Speakman's corner kick toward teammate Ryan Obringer for a close-range header. Two minutes later, Will's 35-yard direct kick froze Barrett at the near post and found the far corner.

Dulaney keeper Josh Tracy, who finished with 11 saves, bobbled a shot by Jay Carroll 12 minutes into the second half, and Jason Holderness buried it for the Gators' lone goal. Tracy was otherwise solid behind four-year starting defender Mike Keppler, Ethan Donoho, Matt Iwanowski and Jon Holloway.

Sophomore playmaker Jon Newton, an Olympic Development state team player with two goals and two assists, caused problems for the Gators (2-1-1) all afternoon. Pat Quinn, the Lions' best finisher last season with 10 goals and an assist, scored his sixth goal of the year with two minutes left.

"We didn't want to give up the set plays, but they got three good ones," said Perry Hall coach Ed Wolf. "They have a lot of firepower."

Last year, Dulaney won the county title with a 14-0 record and achieved a No. 5 area-ranking only to suffer its third straight playoff loss, 4-0, to Perry Hall. Long-time coach Craig Laferty retired after the game.

This year's Lions (4-0) again have the look of a state title contender, having out-scored the opposition 14-1, with three shutouts.

But first-year coach Steve Shaw warned his players afterward to keep the game in proper perspective.

"It's a big win against a team that has had our number in the playoffs recently," Shaw said, "but it didn't win us any hardware. It's just a 'W.'"

Pub Date: 9/17/98

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