No. 1 River Hill good enough to win Unbeaten Hawks struggle, but top Wilde Lake, 3-0

October 14, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

No. 1-ranked teams find a way to win even on their bad days.

River Hill's skill at set pieces and shaky Wilde Lake goalkeeping were all the unbeaten Clarksville team needed to score a 3-0 victory yesterday in a game most of the Hawks would just as soon forget, even though it was their seventh shutout this season and 19th straight victory dating to last season.

"It was just a bad day," said Hawks forward Adom Crew, who scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season. "We were mentally not in it and had trouble stringing together passes."

No. 10 Wilde Lake passed beautifully throughout most of the game, but the Wildecats (4-4 overall, 2-3 league) could not finish.

"We played aggressively and definitely had a good team effort," Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said. "The first half was outstanding soccer, but it's tough to come back from a soft goal."

Wildecats goalkeeper Matt Thomas let Crew's one-bounce header slip through his hands in the eighth minute giving the Hawks (10-0 overall, 5-0 league) their first goal. Brett Endler's corner kick created the scoring opportunity.

Later in the half, both Crew and Clif Jackson missed one-on-one opportunities from inside the 6-yard line. Jackson's shot hit the far post. Crew delayed shooting long enough for a Wilde Lake defender to cross over and deflect the shot.

"Everyone has to have a bum game and we stunk today," River Hill coach Bill Stara said. "We were miscommunicating and we didn't get in behind people. Nobody played well. We did play well enough to get set pieces and then we executed them well."

Although Wilde Lake (4-4, 2-3) outplayed the Hawks for the first 12 minutes of the second half, it was River Hill that scored in the 64th minute on a header by Deforest McDuff, his first goal this season. The goal began on a corner kick by Aaron Pierce.

Just before that goal, the Hawks drew a break when one referee signaled for Wilde Lake possession and the other referee overruled him, giving the ball to River Hill.

"We didn't quite create the opportunities I would have liked, although we developed two or three dangerous situations in the second half," Nesbitt said. "Hopefully, if we continue to show this kind of progress, we'll still be around in November. It was a very entertaining game."

Crew scored the final goal in the 76th minute when he followed up a hard shot that Wilde Lake's second goalkeeper, Alejandro Gironas, could not corral.

"Wilde Lake played a great game," Stara said. "I have to hand it to them, they played very well."

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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