River Hill dumps No. 2 Dulaney

Smaller 6th-ranked Hawks win a physical game, 3-1

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 22, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Still smarting from a loss to Glenelg on Thursday, sixth-ranked River Hill rebounded yesterday to defeat No. 2 Dulaney, 3-1, in a first-time meeting of the boys soccer teams.

In the process, the Hawks (11-2-1) earned a lot of respect from Lions coach Steve Shaw.

Mo Hamzeh scored a pair of goals, and Pat Nairin also scored in the fast-paced, physical game at Dulaney, the last tuneup for River Hill before the Class 3A playoffs.

Dulaney (10-3) has a Baltimore County championship game with Eastern Tech tomorrow at Perry Hall.

"We were prepared for a very physical game because we knew that was the way that Baltimore County teams play," Hamzeh said. "We got a bunch of guys banged up. Nothing serious."

River Hill, 30 minutes late arriving at Dulaney because its bus was not on time, was much smaller than the Lions, but used its quickness to good advantage.

"River Hill is a very good team," Shaw said. "They won the greater percentage of 50-50 balls and one-v-ones and generated a lot of work in the corners. Our decision-making speed was not where we've seen it. It was typical to see one of us against three of them. We played hard, but they were stringing us out."

River Hill took nine corner kicks to three for Dulaney.

Hawks striker Justin Hughes generated some dangerous runs into the corner, and even though he didn't score, he put pressure on Dulaney's defense.

"Hughes is a dynamo with a fantastic work rate," Shaw said.

River Hill coach Bill Stara was pleased with the quickness Hughes and Hamzeh displayed up top, and also by the defensive work of sweeper Jonathan Csanady and stopper Brian Walter.

"Csanady has held things together for us all year," Stara said.

River Hill, which outshot Dulaney 18-10, scored in the eighth minute off a corner kick by David Adams.

Dulaney retaliated in the 10th minute. James Russo headed Greg Naylor's corner kick straight up and then kicked it in after it landed right in front of the goal. It was Russo's 14th goal.

In the 29th minute, Hamzeh took an inside run with a cross from Andrew Chow and beat a defender and goalkeeper Tyler Hodges in a three-way sliding collision at the 4-yard line. The goal put the Hawks ahead 2-1.

Hamzeh, scoring his 12th goal, finished off Dulaney in the 62nd minute, when he banged home a ball from 25 yards that had ricocheted off Hodges at the 13.

"It was refreshing to play someone new," Stara said. "We didn't want to go into the playoffs losing two in a row. It was a good effort against a hard-working team."

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