Perfect Poly puts down Patterson, 3-1

Brunetti scores 30th goal as 13-0 Engineers deal Clippers first city loss

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 16, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Poly junior Luciano Brunetti sounded like Luciano Pavarotti yesterday as he sang his own praises.

The area's top scoring forward in boys soccer scored the Engineers' first goal about 15 minutes into play and assisted on their third in a 3-1 victory over visiting Baltimore City League rival Patterson, raising Poly's record to 13-0 overall and 8-0 league.

"The first goal was off the most beautiful cross from Kyle Conrad and - boom - I just placed it in, like I always do, being the top scorer in the state," said Brunetti, surrounded by friends and teammates. "They triple-teamed me, but I just zigzagged my way through. I broke 30 goals today and didn't even have the best game."

Sam McLaughlin and Nick Sigismondi scored Poly's other goals in the victory, which set up a rematch on Tuesday for the city title. The game is at Patterson (6-2-1, 6-1), where Brunetti promised he will net a hat trick.

Brunetti, who has 30 goals and 12 assists this fall, leads the Engineers, but he's had help from Sigismondi (four, 11), Jeremy Wood (five, 13) and Kenny Wortman (10, four) in the team's 80 goals.

Defenders McLaughlin, Sean King, Matt Christianson, Eric Rosenburg and goalkeeper Brandon Lessner (five saves) have allowed only three goals and have posted 10 shutouts.

"We always get up for Patterson because they're our archrivals," said Jeremy Wood, son of coach Bob Wood. "Today, it came down to us wanting it more. But we want the championship, and there's only one game left before we can put that banner on the wall."

But Poly blew an early lead in losing last year's second meeting at Patterson after having won the first. The teams tied for last year's crown.

"We'll get them back at our place," said Patterson goalkeeper Mario Zarro (nine saves), whose brother, Gino, and Brunetti's brother, David, were teammates on past Patterson teams. "We'll get paybacks then."

Patterson nearly swiped the momentum with 14 minutes left, when freshman Wily Romero tied the score at 1-1.

But Poly regained the lead two minutes later, as McLaughlin, a sophomore defender, one-timed a 10-yard, right-footed shot into the net, left of Zarro.

King deflected a hard shot moments later to prevent the Clippers from scoring another equalizer. And with 35 seconds left, Sigismondi, who had the lone goal in an earlier shutout of Wilde Lake, scored the final goal off Brunetti's assist.

"McLaughlin's go-ahead goal was the fire, and Sean King's save was the gasoline," said coach Bob Wood. "This year's been a pleasure from the standpoints of players working hard [and] parents being supportive - and the team chemistry's been amazing."

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