Lutheran is beaten in C final, 3-0

Saints Peter and Paul earns second straight title

MIAA soccer

High Schools

November 11, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Saints Peter and Paul got three goals from Logan Berrier and won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference soccer championship yesterday, 3-0, over Lutheran at St. Paul's. The championship was the second straight for the Sabres, who were co-champions with Chapelgate in 2002.

The two previous contests this season between the Talbot County school and Lutheran had been decided by one goal, but the third meeting was marked by Berrier's hat trick and the Saints' inability to convert their opportunities.

No stretch of the game epitomized these two factors more than the first five minutes of the second half. Down 1-0, the Saints took the opening kickoff down the left side of the field and immediately got a quality scoring opportunity. But Saints Peter and Paul goalkeeper David Donohue made the save to maintain the lead, and four minutes later, Berrier capitalized on a Lutheran defensive breakdown and notched his second goal of the contest, converting a shot just inside the penalty area.

"That was hard," said Saints coach Ed Morse, whose team finished the season 14-4-1 and made the C Conference final for the second time in three years. "If we score there, it's a different game. The wind was taken out of our sails, though we had some more opportunities."

Lutheran created several chances, including some on long throw-ins near the Sabres' goal. But each of those opportunities was thwarted by Donohue and the Sabres' defense.

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