Yi, McDonogh finish off Spalding, 4-0

No. 7 Eagles' balance, hat trick bring down No. 3

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 02, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

When Brian Yi is at his finishing best, Kyle McHugh is crafty with his passes and Mike Marchiano is all over every ball in the middle, this is what you can expect as a result: McDonogh 4, Archbishop Spalding 0.

Yesterday in Severn, the No. 7-ranked Eagles had all those things working plus the added bonus of the return of defender Justin Lichtfuss, who's been out with an ankle injury from the summer. It was simply too much for the No. 3 Cavaliers, who had no time to recover from a 5-1 loss to No. 9 Loyola on Monday.

Yi scored the first three goals, with two assists coming from McHugh, who was appropriately rewarded with the game's final goal late. The strong two-way play from Marchiano, who also had an assist, afforded Yi and McHugh the freedom to focus on offense.

"With Mike doing all the dirty work, it allows Brian and Kyle to push forward and not have to worry about getting back as much," McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said.

McDonogh improves to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Spalding falls to 6-4, 4-4.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when Yi neatly found the near post from 8 yards out after a quick give-and-go from McHugh gave him space down the right side.

"As far as the focus on finishing, I have to give credit to the guys who get me the ball," said Yi, a senior All-Metro first-teamer who now has nine goals on the season. "Without the skill Kyle possesses, I don't score that first goal."

The Cavaliers - playing without senior captain/midfielder T.J. Mairn - refused to fold, settling in to get some of their best scoring opportunities in the remainder of the first half. Justin Turco almost tied the score in the 22nd minute when he chipped a ball over McDonogh's drawn-out keeper Alex Horwathe, but defender Tyler Stoviak was able to clear it off the line.

Yi went on to find the far post from 14 yards out in the 53rd minute. Then McHugh found him again on a well-developed counter with 11 minutes left. McHugh, from Marchiano, closed out the scoring 30 seconds later.

No. 12 Oakland Mills 2, No. 1 River Hill 0: The visiting Scorpions (7-0 overall, 3-0 Howard County) used two long throw-ins to score two quick goals and upset the previously unbeaten Hawks (6-1-1, 3-1).

Fullback Casey Wilbur scored the first goal in the third minute on a header off a long throw-in from Adam Magruder.

Magruder made another long throw-in that bounced into the goal off the hands of Hawks goalkeeper Dave Marquart.

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