Porter's good timing helps Sparrows Point win crown

His score, team defense shut down Rising Sun, 1-0

1A North boys soccer regional

High School

November 06, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In big games, Sparrows Point soccer forward Lamar Porter is a goal waiting to happen.

That was the case when he scored two goals in an earlier victory over No. 1 Eastern Tech, it was the case in last Thursday's regional semifinal win at Elkton, and it was the case in yesterday's 1-0 shutout of visiting Rising Sun for the Pointers' second straight Class 1A North regional title.

"Lamar Porter probably scores the biggest goal in school history every game," said Sparrows Point coach George Bischoff. "I can't say enough about him."

With 15:20 to play, Porter used his right foot to knock in a ball that was mishandled by keeper Clinton Haton.

"Sam Nicolette hit a nice ball, and the keeper came out to catch it," said Porter, who has scored eight goals. "I noticed the whole game the keeper was kind of fumbling the ball, and I figured he'd do it again. I was just there waiting for him."

It was the eighth shutout for keeper Adam Volz, earning No. 12 Sparrows Point (13-3) a berth in the state semifinals against South winner Oakland Mills. Sparrows Point lost to eventual state champ Oakland Mills, 2-0, in last fall's semifinal.

Rising Sun (11-2) was led during the season by Lance Privett (12 goals, 10 assists) and Matt Backert (12, eight). Despite playing with the wind in the first half, the visitors did not get off a shot against Sparrows Point's defense of Jamin Thiess, Nicolette, Don Kight, John Stallings and Ryan Wright.

"We didn't do anything special [to contain Privett and Backert]. We just felt we were strong enough to mark them up as they came down the field," said Bischoff. "We beat them 3-0 last year, and they're basically the same team like we're basically the same team. We didn't expect anything to go much differently."

In fact, the Tigers were out-shot, 20-0, until the game's final 4:30, when Volz cradled one shot and batted away two others.

"I give credit to everyone. Our defense was tight. We all played well," said Nicolette, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder.

And the offense was equally dominant.

David Pusinsky, Sparrows Point's top scorer with 10 goals and eight assists, fired six shots on goal -- including one that hit the crossbar with 10 minutes to play. Chris Rommel and Derek Pusinsky, David's cousin, took four shots each, and Stallings, three.

Though the game was scoreless at halftime, Porter's confidence never wavered. "We practice hard, and coach said we play like we practice. I knew we would come through sooner or later," Porter said.

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