No. 13 Dulaney rumbles past Perry Hall, 3-0

Aggressive second half sparks Lions in opener

Boys soccer

September 05, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Last night's game between Baltimore County boys soccer powers Dulaney and Perry Hall turned into an exercise for both.

For Dulaney, it was an exercise in how to be aggressive. For Perry Hall, it was an exercise in futility.

Dulaney got a first-half goal from Eric Frey and second-half tallies by Sean Rush and James Russo to defeat the host No. 15 Gators, 3-0, in the first game for both teams.

"We were a little laid-back at halftime and Coach [Stephen] Shaw told us we needed to pick it up," Rush said. "We knew we had to score again and not rely on just one goal."

The No. 13 Lions wasted little time, taking advantage of a Perry Hall mistake just 47 seconds into the second half to stretch their margin to 2-0."[Kyle] Batten crossed the ball and the goalie made a save, but it went off his hands," Rush said. "I just tapped it by him."

Rush's goal seemed to break the spirit of the Gators, who controlled play for much of the first half.

"They have an all-star goalie [Nick Warner] and he kept them in the game in the first half," Perry Hall coach Brian Moen said. "We had our chances, but he made some key saves. We just came out flat in the second half and it cost us."

The Lions took the lead on an athletic goal by Frey 29 minutes into the game. After fielding a cross with his back to the goal, he dribbled left before turning and firing a head-high shot past Perry Hall goalie Ian MacDonald for a 1-0 lead.

"That was a nice play and a great shot," Moen said. "It caught everybody off guard."

Russo finished off the scoring seven minutes into the second half with a blast from 25 yards out that curled into the top of the net.

"This was a good start for us," said Shaw, whose team plays second-ranked McDonogh on Saturday. "I was pleased with the effort we showed tonight, but it's a long way until November. We're still trying to work out some combinations and get our system down."

Since Dulaney is now a 3A school, this was the only regular-season meeting between the schools. Moen hopes it's not the last they'll see of each other.

"They knocked us out of the playoffs last year, and we kind of wanted to return the favor," he said. "I'd love to see them again in the county championship."

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