Perry Hall blows by Patterson, into final 4

Gators' ninth victory by shutout, 3-0, secures berth in state semifinals

Class 4A boys soccer

High Schools

November 07, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

All year long, members of Perry Hall's boys' soccer team have felt underrated and overlooked.

Yesterday at Patterson, the Gators undertook the task of shutting down Baltimore City's premier public school program, overcoming a stiff wind in the first half for a 3-0 shutout.

With the victory, the ninth by shutout for the Gators (13-3), they earned the Class 4A North Region title and a berth in Friday's state semifinal game against the South Region winner, either Eleanor Roosevelt or High Point, both Prince George's County schools.

The Gators also hope it has earned some much-desired respect.

Perry Hall has beaten No. 12 Sparrows Point, winner of Monday's 1A North Region title, and suffered narrow defeats by No. 1 Eastern Tech, No. 6 Dulaney and Parkville -- a team Patterson defeated, 2-1, last week.

"We were hoping to get ranked, and we're a little disappointed, and we're trying to prove ourselves right now," said Brian Marzoli, who teamed with Eric Miller, Jamie Flynn and keeper Ian MacDonald (eight saves) on defense.

"We kind of pulled together as a team, this being the playoffs, and saying we were going to go for it, game in, game out."

Patterson (14-3) elected to play with the wind at its back in the first half, pushing up its defense in the hopes of scoring a quick goal. The teams played evenly for the first 10 minutes.

But it was Perry Hall that led 2-0 just 12 minutes into the game. Jason Cromwell and Marin George scored twice within a four-minute span off assists from Matt Pszcolka and Terry Levee.

Cromwell placed a through ball past Patterson keeper Roberto Conrad (nine saves). It was only the fourth goal of the season for Cromwell, who later assisted on Frank Sheppard's goal with 20 minutes to play.

"We saw them playing up pretty high. The ball just rolled across the middle and I just poked it in. The early goal helped us to get ready to play," Cromwell said.

"Going up 2-0 early, as hard as we were playing, it was going to be hard to come back from that," George said.

The early goals were a bit of a surprise, according to Perry Hall coach Brian Moen. "We'd played in worse conditions than this as far as the wind, but it helped, confidence-wise, to get two quick ones because we had a little trouble finishing all year," he said.

Class 2A

No. 1 Eastern Tech 1, Towson 0, OT: Matt Moffa scored the game-winning goal off a rebound with just nine seconds left in the first overtime, lifting the visiting Mavericks (16-1-1) to the North Regional title.

Moffa pounced on a ball that had deflected off the crossbar and directed it past keeper Tom Franklin, ending Towson's season (11-5) and its four-game winning streak.

Both Franklin and his Eastern Tech counterpart, Lawrence Ramsey, were outstanding in an evenly played match. Eastern Tech outshot the Generals 21-16, including an 11-2 margin in the second half.

"It wasn't beautiful soccer; it was gutty soccer on our part," said Towson coach Randy Dase. "As a coach, I'm quite proud of our players and our team. We did ourselves proud."

Eastern Tech advanced to play Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the 2A state semifinals Friday.

Class 3A

Dulaney 2, Fallston 1, OT: James Russo scored 8:30 into the first overtime to lift the host Lions (13-4-1) to their third straight regional title.

The Dulaney defensive unit of Mike Obringer, Eric Belt and brothers Danny and Chris Keppler continually stifled Fallston (9-6), shutting down an offense that scored five goals on Franklin in the East Regional semifinals.

"Our defense played very strong. Fallston's offense was relentless, and our defense was able to make stops and consistently clear the ball," said Dulaney coach Steve Shaw.

The championship is the first for the Lions in the 3A North Region after winning their previous two championships in the 4A North Region.

Dulaney advanced to the state semifinals, where it will take on the winner of Northern-Calvert or Leonardtown-Westlake.

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