Howard hangs tough, hands Hammond 4-1 loss

Jameson's 12 saves, blocked penalty kick help Lions even record at 4-4

Boys soccer

October 11, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Considering the visitors were a high-scoring bunch and the home team had been shut out three times, it seemed unlikely that Howard would defeat Hammond yesterday.

Hammond had hung with some of the area's best teams, losing by a goal to No. 2 Centennial and in overtime to No. 8 Mount Hebron - a team which had shut out Howard by three goals.

But the Lions came up with their best performance of the year and a 4-1 victory, getting a blocked penalty kick from keeper Derrick Jameson (12 saves) along with steller offensive and defensive play from defender Philip Thomas (one goal), forward Mike Bennett (one goal, one assist) and forward Jonathan Nipper (two assists).

Howard improved to 2-2 in Howard County League play (4-4 overall), dropping Hammond to 2-3 and 3-4.

"From start to finish, we never let up for one minute," said Nipper, the younger brother of 1992 Olympian and Major League Soccer player Dante Washington.

Howard's David Rones, assisted by Rich Maurer, scored five minutes into the game. And it was 2-0 after Danny Dupree converted a pass from Nipper in the 23rd minute. Then, one second before halftime, Jameson dove to his left to stop a penalty kick by Paul Preziotti.

"I know Paul from club ball, and he went to the same side on me once before. I knew he would go that way and I stopped it," said Jameson. "To get that save was a momentum-breaker."

The Lions contained forwards Kwaku Boateng (18 goals, three assists) and Gordon Murray (nine, 11), rotating Thomas and defenders Lawrence Groman and David Chiarella on the two of them.

In its victories, Hammond had outscored its opposition by a combined, 22-4, including Tuesday's 6-2 rout of perennial Harford County power, Fallston.

Jameson allowed Boateng's 18th goal of the season eight minutes into the second half, but the Lions answered with scores by Thomas and Bennett, respectively, within the game's final 17 minutes.

"We haven't played our best, but we knew we were a good team the whole time," said Jameson, whose team has been outscored by a 11-1 in its four losses. "We have a lot of skill and potential and we showed today that we're for real."

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