Shaw gets a kick out of guiding Lions Boys soccer: After three years as an assistant, Dulaney first-year coach Steve Shaw is making the most of his opportunity.

November 04, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Watching Patapsco pound away at his Dulaney Lions earlier this year wasn't exactly a part of first-year coach Steve Shaw's strategy, but it was good soccer.

And that's something Shaw, a die-hard soccer fan, can appreciate.

"They moved the ball; they run the wings amazingly; they've got really good speed and a good touch on the ball," said the 29-year-old native of Landenberg, a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs just north of Newark, Del.

Although his club pulled out a 2-1 win over the Patriots, "They took it to us," said Shaw, a Penn State graduate who is in his seventh year teaching physics and astronomy at Dulaney.

"The Brazilians call it the beautiful game," Shaw said, "and you enjoy it regardless of whether it's your team or not."

After three years as an assistant to longtime coach Craig Laferty, Shaw got the head coaching job after Laferty's promotion to math department chairman began causing scheduling conflicts

"Coach Shaw's a real dedicated guy who really looked up to Coach Laferty, and when he heard he got the job, he was ecstatic," said sophomore striker Jonathan Newton.

Now it's Shaw's turn to be the mentor, and he has the seventh-ranked Lions at 11-1 entering tonight's visit to Perry Hall (8-3-1) in the 4A North Region playoff quarterfinals.

Shaw's team routed Perry Hall, 5-1, earlier this season. He's trying to avoid a repeat of last year, when the Lions were 14-0 before being upset by Perry Hall in quarterfinals.

A graduate of Avon Grove, a small high school of about 800 students, Shaw, 5-foot-7, 155-pounds, "was a scrappy midfielder, not blessed with a lot of God-given talent."

Shaw said he is amazed by the number of talented players up from recreation programs such as Cockeysville, Carroll Manor and Lutherville-Timonium. "Kids come with the basic skills, so I can concentrate on tactics," Shaw said. "It's a gift."

The Lions have outscored the opposition, 37-5, with eight shutouts, anchored by four-year starting sweeper Mike Keppler, seniors Jon Holloway and Matt Iwanowski, junior Eric Donoho and sophomore Bryant Will.

"Craig's strength was defense, but we play a little more controlled-type style even though we lost a lot in the middle with [graduated second-team All-Metro pick] Tony Arditti," Shaw said. "We have this group of seniors -- seven of them have played together since fifth grade. Their cohesiveness makes the difference."

There are seniors such as keeper Josh Tracy, a second-team FTC All-Metro lacrosse defenseman, who has a booming punt, good hands and also is capable of directing the offense.

Senior Steve Will (6-foot-2), also the top scorer on last year's state runner-up lacrosse team, has four goals and nine assists. Will assisted Newton's game-winning goal versus Patapsco, the winning goal by Craig Frey against Catonsville and had three goals in a rout of Perry Hall.

An Olympic Developmental state team player, Newton has five goals and five assists and is the perfect complement to 6-foot-3, 190-pound striker Pat Quinn, who has nine goals and three assists.

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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