Gunter gets Wright in soccer contention again with Fallston

Mustangs can clinch Harford title with win tonight against Bel Air

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High Schools

October 23, 2001|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When Brian Gunter graduated from C. Milton Wright in 1994, he was used to being in soccer title contention with Fallston, "but they always won it," he said.

This year, Gunter, 25, returned to his alma mater as the Mustangs' boys coach and, with a victory over visiting Bel Air tonight, could clinch the school's first Harford County title since sharing it with Fallston in 1994 - the fall following Gunter's exit.

The No. 3 Mustangs, Class 4A state semifinalists last fall, ended a seven-year losing streak to Fallston with their 3-1 victory on Oct. 16. C. Milton Wright is 6-0 in the league and 11-2 overall, having lost only to St. Mark's of Delaware and defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champ McDonogh. It has quality wins over Salesianum of Delaware, Mount St. Joseph and John Carroll.

Forwards Brian Tulley (13 goals, six assists), a junior, and Jeff Kocher (10, seven), a senior, lead the Mustangs in scoring. Making up the midfield are Phil Kratochvil (six, five), Brian Stewart (three, two) and Gabriel Hernandez (four, three).

The Mustangs' defense of Brandon Lijewski, Trevor Zorbach, Rob Bailey, Hinson White and Brian Bell have played well in front of Zach Keesesker, who has allowed 10 goals against five shutouts.

Cougars stick around

Fallston's field hockey team dispensed with last year's co-champions, Bel Air and C. Milton Wright, last week to complete their sweep through the Harford County league and win the county title.

Riki Reuben scored three goals to lead the No. 14-ranked Cougars (10-2-2) over C. Milton Wright, 2-1, on Tuesday and Bel Air, 2-0, on Thursday. The Cougars finished 7-0 against Harford County competition.

A year ago, the Cougars dropped both games in the final week. Not only did they lose out on the county title, but those were the first games the Cougars had dropped to county foes in 10 years.

"This year we have better speed on the front line and our defense is all experienced," said Cougars coach Alice Puckett. "When the front line is quick and the defense experienced, that puts a lot of pressure on the midfield to be able to control it."

Stephanie Simon, Chelsea Gebhardt and Maryrose Rappold have been up to the task, providing the link between a stingy defense and a balanced forward line.

In the back, Ali Goetz, Karen Silagyi, Katie Fogarty, Courtney Gough and goalie Heather Winkler have allowed just four goals all season and have shut out 10 opponents.

Rueben is the top scorer with 12 goals while Mandy Novak has four goals and seven assists and Kim Ziegler, eight goals and two assists.

As the Cougars head into regional play, they face a sizable hurdle in their drive to get back to the state Class 3A final four. Four-time defending champion Severna Park is now in the same East Region.

However, the Cougars could not meet the No. 2 Falcons until the regional final, which is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1. Fallston ended up with the easier half of the draw. Bel Air and Dulaney both landed in Severna Park's half.

Should the two meet in the regional final, it would be a clash between two of the most successful programs and most successful coaches in state tournament history.

Coach Lil Shelton's Falcons have won 13 state titles - more than any other program. Puckett has guided the Cougars to eight state crowns.

Dundalk downs Dulaney

Dundalk boys soccer freshman striker Dave Gliniecki's goal, assisted by Sean Kelly with eight minutes left, upset then-No. 5 Dulaney, 1-0, last Thursday. Gliniecki has five goals in as many games since being promoted from the junior varsity for Dundalk (5-6-1), whose keeper, Nick Smith, had 23 saves.

Title game

Tomorrow night's Baltimore County girls soccer championship between Hereford and No. 9 Perry Hall features a showdown of teams with different histories.

The Bulls (11-2-1), who tied Dulaney for the title last year, have won three county crowns in the last four years, while the Gators (11-0-1) are in the championship game for the first time in school history.

Not that the Gators have never enjoyed postseason success. They reached the state Class 4A-3A final in 1994. The Bulls, three-time finalists, shared last year's state Class 1A crown with Middletown.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 7 p.m., following the boys championship, at Perry Hall's stadium.

Niagara-bound

Towson's Danie Mosca has made an oral commitment to Niagara University to play basketball. She plans to sign a national letter of intent on Nov. 14.

A three-year veteran, the senior shooting guard averaged 12.6 points for the Generals last season and has a career 10.7 scoring average. She also averages three assists per game.

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