Dulaney outplays Dundalk, wins, 3-0

Lions dominate in shots, 21-7, with scoring by Franklin, Draganov, Krug

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 07, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Dulaney's Scott Manning has high expectations and strict rules.

The first-year coach told his players early that he expects to reach the state boys soccer title game. He prohibits freshmen on his 10th-ranked Lions from speaking to the media.

"My first reaction was, `This is going to be a tough year,' but we've grown accustomed to it, day-by-day," said junior forward Brent Russo. "He drives it into us every day that our play level should be higher, and right now, we're very close to that level."

The Lions put on a strong display yesterday, shutting down visiting Dundalk in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A game, 3-0.

Dulaney attacked in numbers and played a sound game defensively.

Pressure from Mario Zumbo, Alex Hernan, John Herrell and Eric Keppeler contributed to a 21-7 advantage in shots that required 12 saves by Dundalk goalkeeper Mike Tester.

Russo's throw-in produced the Lions' first goal, which Scott Franklin slipped in despite a slight deflection by Tester with just under four minutes left in the first half.

In the second half, freshman Angel Draganov and junior Andy Krug converted off passes from Andrew Fisher and Herrell, respectively.

Dulaney (7-1-2 overall, 5-0-1 division) is unbeaten (5-0-1) in six games since a 3-0 loss to No. 1 McDonogh. The tie in that run was a scoreless game with No. 7 Loyola.

But games at defending Class 4A state champ Kenwood tomorrow, as well as against No. 6 Towson, last year's 3A state co-champ, and No. 11 Perry Hall remain to be played. And Manning, a former Baltimore Blast goalkeeper, wants his team to get better.

"One of the best things a coach ever did for me was to have high expectations. We've got some pretty high goals," Manning said. "To reach them, we've got to play better and better and better and better."

Draganov's goal in the 47th minute yesterday was the prettiest of the day against Dundalk (5-3-1, 2-3-1). With his back to goal and a defender on him about 15 yards out, Draganov trapped a pass with his left foot and, turning to gain an angle, ripped a right-footer into the net's opposite corner past the pursuing Tester.

Draganov took seven shots yesterday, but Manning saw room for improvement.

"You saw Angel's effort on that goal, where the ball was nicely touched in, and instead of waiting for the ball to get to him, he went to get it, rolled the defender - that's the sort of thing that he wasn't doing in games for a while," Manning said.

"But there were times when [Draganov] drifted out of the middle, took from our attacking angles," Manning said. "We want Angel and Mario Zumbo to run together. That's the discipline I'm talking about."

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