4 shots, 3 goals, easy United win

Soccer

Mania effort pleases coach in 3-0 exhibition loss

May 27, 1999|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

D.C. United, competitively the Western hemisphere's best pro soccer team a year ago, predictably took the Maryland Mania to school yesterday. But given that both teams used the exhibition to try new player combinations, the 3-0 final score adequately reflected play.

United scored its three goals off four shots in nine minutes early in the first half before an announced 1,785 at River Hill High School's stadium in Clarksville. And Marylanders played visible roles in each.

Marco Etcheverry, last season's Major League Soccer MVP, gave Mania defenders and rookie goalkeeper Brock Yetso (Centennial), in his first pro start, the most vivid lesson, curling in an untouched corner kick from the right side in the eighth minute.

"He's an unbelievable player," Yetso said of United's playmaker, "and they're a great team; that's no mystery. We came out a little hesitant, but in the end, we held our own. And I know where I have to start to build from."

In the 10th minute, substitute United forward A. J. Wood, from Rockville, ripped a 20-yard shot past the diving Yetso off a slick feed in traffic at the top of the box by young midfielder Antonio Otero.

And in the 17th minute, United rookie forward David Hayes, a Waldorf native who set the national junior-college scoring record of 104 goals in two seasons at Charles County Community College, tapped in a 6-yarder from the right off a cross from Columbia defender Clint Peay (Oakland Mills), who has been on loan to the Mania.

Mania coach Paul Kitson, encouraged by his team's second-half effort against United's second string, said he "thought it went well" in terms of several players he is trying out in hope of improving his 0-5 A-League squad.

Goals: DC--Etcheverry (8), Wood (10), Hayes (17). Assists: DC--Otero, Peay. Saves: DC--Payne 3; M--Yetso 2, Hunter 2. Shots: DC 16, M 9. Half: DC, 3-0.

Pub Date: 5/27/99

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