Bays add Columbia U-15 title

4 other area boys teams win in weekend event

June 01, 1999|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In their relatively brief history, the S.C. Baltimore Bays under-15 boys have established an enviable record. So it was no surprise that they won their age group at the 24th Annual Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament this weekend at Fort Meade.

The Bays won five matches over the tournament's three days, culminating with a 3-1 decision over the Massbay Blazers of Massachusetts yesterday. Four other Baltimore-area boys teams won titles, but no girls teams were represented in yesterday's championship matches.

The Bays are five-time defending Maryland Cup champions who went on to take the last three United States Youth Soccer Region I crowns once they were old enough to compete at that level. The Columbia title was their third in five tries.

"Winning is paramount," said Timonium's Jonathan Newton, who scored the first goal. "Playing anywhere, winning's the thing."

Baltimore needed five minutes to go ahead for good. Jason Copera sent a pass from the top left of the penalty area into the top right of the box, where Newton headed the ball back into the left corner.

In the 25th minute, Michael Lookingland connected on a penalty kick for a 2-0 advantage.

Matt Cross scored to bring Massbay back to 2-1 in the 37th minute, and the Blazers applied relentless, but futile, pressure in the final 20 minutes. Santino Quaranta scored with a minute remaining.

"They were putting everything into it, and they had nothing to lose," said Bays goalkeeper Shaw Huth of Baltimore.

Derek Pusinsky netted a cross from Craig Nerahood on the first touch three minutes into a first overtime period to give the S.C. Baltimore Young Guns a 2-1 victory over Western United of Massachusetts for the under-14 crown.

Ryan Oates scored in the 15th minute and Saah Johnson with five minutes left as the Columbia United Crush blanked Western United, 2-0, for the under-13 championship. Donnie Aro recorded the shutout.

Mike Marchiano had a goal and an assist, with Matt Beckman and Jon Ports adding goals, in the S.C. Baltimore Bays' 3-1 triumph over the Council Rock (Pa.) Smoke in the under-11 final.

Jeremy Dillon and Patrick Corbett scored in the first half for Columbia United, a 2-0 victor over the Richmond Strikers for the under-10 title. Goalkeeper David Griffith made a full-stretch save in the second half and received plenty of help from central defender Daniel Ryder to post the shutout.

Pub Date: 6/01/99

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