Dulaney controls Patapsco, wins, 3-0

Zumbo scores two goals

Pats lost without Wheeler

Boys soccer

High Schools

September 23, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The No. 9 Dulaney boys soccer team dominated the midfield and decisively defeated No. 10 Patapsco yesterday in Timonium, 3-0.

The Lions (3-1-1 overall, 2-0 league) remained unbeaten in Baltimore County 3A-4A division and avenged last season's 1-0 loss to the Patriots.

Senior striker Mario Zumbo scored twice for Dulaney, which led 1-0 at halftime.

"The last 15 minutes of the first half, going against the wind, Patapsco took it to us, so I was concerned at the half," said the Lions' first-year coach, Scott Manning, a former six-time All-Star goalkeeper for the Baltimore Blast. "We were fortunate to put that second goal away."

Zumbo gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, beating his defender at the 18-yard line, turning and putting a right-footer inside the right post.

He bumped the score to 2-0 in the 47th minute, heading in a corner kick from senior midfielder Armon Emdad.

"Our midfielders worked their tails off," Emdad said. "This year, we're focusing less on dribbling and more on quick touches and on our counterattack. We worked it wide, exposed their middle and got off our crosses."

Patapsco (2-1, 2-1) struggled without center midfielder Aaron Wheeler, who was suspended because he was red-carded in the Patriots' previous game.

"Patapsco generated some good offense and had some great chances, but they were lacking in the midfield," said Emdad, a Dulaney captain.

The Patriots gave up the third goal when Dulaney's Angel Dragonov raced down the left side on a breakaway. His shot bounced off Patapsco goalkeeper Steve Baxter. Then, Brent Russo controlled the rebound and lofted a shot into an open goal with 7:20 left.

Zumbo, who has four goals this season, said it helped Dulaney's motivation knowing it was playing a No. 10-ranked team. The Lions, playing their third ranked team in five games, tied No. 3 Loyola earlier this season and lost to No. 1 McDonogh.

"We have set high goals for this season and want to be the best team in the state, public or private," Zumbo said. "We're a more mature team this season, because our backs were all sophomores last season."

Dulaney missed five high-percentage shots, however, including a penalty kick.

"We played miserably," said Patapsco coach Tim Smith. "We just could not replace Aaron Wheeler at center midfield."

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