Stars win third straight Maryland Cup

3-1 win over Ft. Washington gives team under-19 crown


June 12, 2000|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OLNEY - The SC Baltimore Stars had just rolled to their third straight Maryland Cup title, defeating the Fort Washington Jaguars, 3-1, for the under-19 crown at Olney Soccer Club's Route 108 field yesterday.

After three decisive triumphs in elimination matches in sweltering heat over a 28-hour period, however, there were no plans to celebrate.

"Sleeping, all day. That's about all I've got to do," said Randy Tolson, a Calvert Hall graduate and Towson University sophomore who put the Stars ahead to stay in the first minute.

Next up for the Stars, whose roster includes five UMBC players, a UMBC recruit and five players from Towson, is the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I tournament July 1-5 in Providence, R.I., along with the SCB under-15, under-14 and under-12 boys. A championship there would send the Stars to the national tournament July 23-30 in Orlando, Fla.

In the game's opening moments, Joe Capone carried into the right side of the penalty area and unleashed a 12-yard shot that Jaguars goalkeeper Andy Gretton sprang to his right to make the stop. Gretton, however, could not control the rebound, which Tolson buried in the left corner for a 1-0 advantage after 56 seconds.

"I saw that it was going to be a tough shot because it was driven hard and well," Tolson said. "I just followed up the keeper. He gave me the opportunity and I buried it. I touched it right in there. [The schedule] was a little brutal, but we played together as a team. We just fought through it and did what we had to do."

Striker George "P.J." Wakefield had four goals Saturday as the Stars beat both the Frederick Excel, 5-0, in the quarterfinals, and the Bethesda Alliance, 3-0, in the semifinals. Yesterday, he assisted on the second Baltimore goal and netted the third. Twice he was stopped point-blank by Gretton in the box, and another time, he rattled the crossbar from 15 yards.

In the 16th minute, Wakefield fed Andres Parra, who drilled a 12-yard shot off Gretton's hands into the net for a 2-0 lead. Wakefield made it 3-0 in the 76th minute.

"Teammates, man. They got me the ball, and I finished it up," said Wakefield, the Calvert Hall alumnus and UMBC junior whose plans for the rest of the day involved a swim and some air conditioning. "Give all the credit to them, too, not just me."

Fort Washington reduced its deficit to 3-1 in the 86th minute on a tally by Drew Wildemann. Three minutes later, the Jaguars' Roger Burke took a long pass for a breakaway. But his shot from close range was snared by Stars keeper Andy Hicks with a dive to his right.

Otherwise, it was an exceptional weekend effort by the Stars' defense, led by sweeper Marcus Johnson, stopper Lars Berg and marking back Reid Shaklee.

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