No. 4 McDonogh halts Hebron's 25-game run

Vikings' unbeaten streak ends with a thud, 5-0, on Eagles' wider field

High Schools

Boys soccer

October 04, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The fourth-ranked McDonogh's boys soccer team ended Mount Hebron's 25-game unbeaten streak yesterday by using speed, ball control and finishing ability that left the listless Vikings on the short end of a 5-0 score.

The No. 4 Eagles, avenging a loss to Mount Hebron last season, took full advantage of their wide field to spread out and then dissect a Mount Hebron defense accustomed to narrow fields.

All-Metro midfielder Brian Yi led the Eagles with a goal and an assist, and his goal in the third minute helped to quickly demoralize the previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Vikings (7-1 overall, 3-1 league) of Howard County.

Yi won possession of the ball, dribbled diagonally about 15 yards toward the right post and then shot from about the 18-yard line. The ball hugged the ground and went underneath diving Vikings goalkeeper Chris Nemeh.

"I thought he had stopped it," Yi said. "That put them down mentally and made it easier for us. Their backs seemed unorganized, and they were caught flat-footed on my goal."

McDonogh scored again in the fourth minute on a kick by Matt Beckman at the far post off a pass from Joe Pietropoli.

The Eagles' third goal, in the 28th minute, resulted from Mount Hebron's missed clear. Yi won the ball and started a quick counter-attack, passing to A. J. Berens at the 8. Berens' one-on-one kick was good for a 3-0 halftime lead.

Eric Shadoff scored in the 59th minute on a centering pass by Jon Nelson, who had eluded two Vikings on the right side.

Yi, who was fouled three times with resulting yellow cards against Mount Hebron, was tripped in the box with 6:36 to play, and Kyle McHugh connected on the penalty kick for the final goal.

"Our zone defense was much more compact today than it was a week ago," Eagles coach Steve Nichols said. "Our back four of Tyler Stoviak, Match Zimmerman, Colin Barclay and Justin Lichtfuss, and our goalkeeper, Alex Horwath, are coming around. If our midfield does better defensively, then we'll be tough, because we're going to score. Our goal is to peak for late October."

Said Mike Glancey, Mount Hebron's leading scorer with 12 goals: "They play possession probably better than anyone we'll play all season. We didn't come to win, didn't hustle and didn't mark."

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