Switch-hitter helps Poly net city title

A big hit in baseball, too, Sigismondi scores twice in rout of Patterson, 5-1

Boys soccer

October 22, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Nick Sigismondi elected not to play soccer for Poly last fall, choosing to work on his swing and conditioning for baseball instead.

This season, the senior said he only came out for soccer "to get my legs ready for baseball."

Judging from his effort in yesterday's 5-1 victory at Baltimore City League rival Patterson, Sigismondi's legs - and his team - are in great shape.

Sigismondi assisted on the Engineers' first goal by Sam McGlaughlin, and scored the second and fourth ones himself as Poly (14-0 overall, 9-0 league) turned a 1-1 halftime tie into a rout for its second straight conference title.

Jeremy Wood, who has six goals and 13 assists on the year, and Kenny Wartman (11, four) scored Poly's other goals on penalty kicks as the Engineers won their third overall crown under sixth-year coach Bob Wood.

"Nick considered not coming out again this year, but I spoke to him about it and I'm glad I was able to drag him out here," said Coach Wood, who made only a lame attempt to avoid a water dousing from his players.

"They deserved to do that because they worked hard all year," Wood said. "All of the credit goes to these kids and to their parents who supported them."

The Engineers avoided the letdown of last season, when they won the first meeting between the teams at home only to lose, 4-3, at Patterson after holding a 3-0 lead. Patterson and Poly finished as co-champions last year.

Sigismondi, who has seven goals and 13 assists, "wasn't a part of that team," he said.

"But I heard about it and I certainly didn't want to see that happen again this year," said Sigismondi, 17, who was an infielder and pitcher for the Engineers' two-time city champion baseball team.

Yesterday, Patterson (6-3-1, 6-2) gained some momentum when Matt Robinson converted a header off a pass from Hilton Toe. But Poly came back two minutes into the second half as Sigismondi's unassisted, game-winning 25-yarder sailed past the right side of keeper Mario Zarro (six saves).

Zarro was ejected from the game and must serve a one-game suspension against Kenwood on Tuesday in the Clippers' regional playoff contest.

No. 9 Mount Hebron 3, No. 1 Oakland Mills 0: Sticking with their tradition of playing all of their seniors in their final regular-season home game, the Scorpions (11-1, 9-1 Howard County) lost to the Vikings (11-2, 9-2).

Oakland Mills, whose streak of shutouts ended at eight, never had its entire starting team on the field. Tim Han scored twice for Mount Hebron.

Sun staff writer Rick Belz contributed to this article.

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