Muto lifts N. Hagerstown to win over F.S. Key, 5-2 Splurge in second half snuffs out Eagles' hopes

Boys soccer

November 01, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

It took a while but visiting North Hagerstown made sure this year's Class 2A West regional was not a repeat of a year ago.

The Hubs broke away from Francis Scott Key with three goals in less than six minutes of the second half yesterday for a 5-2 opening-round victory.

Last year, North won the regular-season meeting, 3-1, then lost to the Eagles, 3-2, in the regional quarterfinals. This year, the Washington County school again won in the regular season, 3-2.

"Key always gives us a tough game, although we've probably beaten them five of the last six times. They beat us here last year when we were up two goals and let it get away," said North coach Mike Gouker.

Nothing like that happened this time, although Key (3-9-1) managed to stay in the game until midway through the second half, twice making up one-goal deficits.

Junior midfielder Sean Todd scored the first in the first half, then assisted on the second, as freshman Jim Barley scored at 12: 30 of the second half.

Then North Hagerstown (10-4) took charge, with an assist from the coach. At 18: 50, scoring leader John Muto (20 goals, 15 assists), a Yugoslavian who plays with a European flair, shot a perfect pass from the left wing to Mike Brooks just off the post on the right side, and he headed the ball into the unprotected portion of the net.

Of Brooks, Gouker said, "He made me look like a genius, because I had just put him in 30 seconds before. Sometimes it works like that."

The visitors were right back 90 seconds later, as Ken Salvago got his second goal on a straight shot from the top of the box. Four minutes later, it was Muto drilling one from the right side.

"Muto is tough; you have to give him credit," said first-year Key coach Dave Storey. "It's not that our defense was that bad; it's that he is that good."

Realistically, the outcome could have been worse but for some extra work by the Eagles' backs. This group, led by senior Travis Shipley and junior Drew Rogers, blunted several good runs, and on at least three occasions kicked the ball out of the goal mouth, covering for senior keeper Justin Thomas, while he was attempting to challenge potential scorers.

"A couple of times our marking broke down and they do a really fine job of passing to the open man," said Storey.

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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