Eastern Tech Balto. County's best again

Mavericks score early, defeat Dulaney, 6-3, for second straight title

Boys soccer

High schools

October 24, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

As one of only two starters from last year's Baltimore County championship squad, Eastern Tech's Bryan Moffa wasn't quite sure what to expect from this year's Mavericks.

But last night at Perry Hall, the senior's two goals and two assists helped earn the 13th-ranked Mavericks (11-2-1) a 6-3 victory and their second straight county title over the same opponent - No. 2 Dulaney (10-4). The Mavericks shut out Dulaney, 3-0, a year ago.

"Before every game, I tell our guys we're going to get rocked, and that pumps us up," said Moffa, whose Mavericks have beaten Dulaney by a combined 11-3, with three shutouts, in the past four meetings.

Yesterday, the score was 2-0 early and 4-0 at halftime.

Jimmi Miller scored for Eastern Tech in the fourth and ninth minutes off assists from Andrew Kordola, who also scored twice, and Moffa.

First, Miller one-timed Kordola's pass from 12 yards. His second goal began with his back to the goal. Miller settled Moffa's pass, turned and ripped a low, 20-yarder past diving Tyler Hodgins' right side. Hodgins would finish with eight saves.

"The balls were perfectly placed over the top [of defenders] both times," Miller said. "All I had to do was finish."

The score became 3-0 in the 14th minute, when Moffa outran a defender to Isaiah Ramsey's lead pass and slipped a ground-hugging shot past the oncoming Hodgins' left side.

Kordola scored the final goal of the half in the 30th minute, a 25-yard direct kick that rolled untouched through a crowd and into the far corner.

But who knew that the four point-blank stops made by Eastern Tech goalkeeper Matt Wickman, a junior who finished with 18 saves, before halftime would turn out to be so critical?

Apparently, Wickman did.

"They came out flat, but I knew they'd work hard to get four goals back," said Wickman, whose team was outshot 9-4 in the second half. "I had to step up in the second half."

Dulaney's Damian Bach made the score 4-1 in the second half, but the Mavericks stretched it to 6-1 with 23 minutes to play on breakaway goals by Moffa and Kordola.

It was 6-3 with three minutes remaining after goals by James Russo - his 15th this fall - and Cary Howard, who finished a pass from Sean Rush.

But Wickman's work kept the Lions from drawing closer.

"Our heads aren't down," said Russo, whose Lions were Class 3A state runners-up last year. "A new season starts tomorrow. We'll practice hard and go for the gold again."

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