Boys' Latin defeats Severn, runs to 9-0

Tielsch's 22nd shutout guides Lakers to 2-0 win

Boys soccer

October 05, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Boys' Latin keeper Matt Tielsch doesn't think of himself or his team as perfect, but thanks to some brilliant defensive play and an unselfish offense, the Lakers are pretty close.

Protected by a line of 6-foot defenders - J. R. Stahl, Ryan Walterhoefer, Alex Filamor, Dan Mroz and Jeremy Crider - the senior goalie collected his school career record 22nd shutout with yesterday's 2-0 victory over visiting Severn.

"I've been hardly getting any shots on me because my defense has been great," said Tielsch, a fourth-year starter for the Lakers (9-0 overall, 8-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's B Conference).

"Our defense is tight, and they're really tough."

Because of his defenders' excellent communication and effort, the 5-11, 170-pound Tielsch was required to make only one difficult save among his six yesterday.

The Lakers have outscored the opposition 30-1, but would have trailed for the first time this year had Peter Heinlein converted midway through the first half for Severn (6-5, 4-3 in the MIAA B conference).

But Tielsch dove to his right and was parallel to the ground when he snagged, with both hands, Heinlein's drifting 18-yard volley toward the far, lower right post.

"I just reacted to it ... had to really stretch out," said Tielsch, who has allowed only one goal and earned his eighth shutout of the season. "If I'd have dropped it, another player would have kicked it in if it didn't go in on its own."

The Lakers' 1-0 lead came after Matt Kozera's 60-yard run down the far side. Kozera cranked a 12-yarder toward the near post that was so hard that it went through the grasp of keeper J.P. McDermott (eight saves) and slipped between his legs into the goal.

"I took it down the wing and I was told to keep it low and down low on the goalie," said Kozera. "I was lucky. We're having an amazing season so far."

Boys' Latin made it 2-0 in the game's 51st minute as Joe Rallo smacked a diving header past a frozen McDermott from six yards off a cross from Adam Hagelin.

Kozera and Rallo each have four goals and two assists for the Lakers.

Coach Butch Maisel has had five championship teams, one of which went 16-0 in 1986, but never has had a squad that has allowed only one goal in nine games.

The Lakers have a 1-0 shutout of last year's champ, St. Paul's, which has beaten fourth-ranked MIAA A champ McDonogh and tied 15th-ranked Loyola.

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