Gillis, P. Hall blank Towson

No. 6 Generals handed first loss in league, 1-0

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 14, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In the preseason, Perry Hall was considered the premier boys soccer team in Baltimore County's 4A-3A division.

But the Gators struggled to absorb several transfers, team chemistry suffered and they lost their opening game to Patapsco.

"We had guys fighting with each other and not giving up the ball," said Gators coach Dan Larsen.

Then, about three weeks ago, the team bonded during a practice in heavy rain.

They've played like a different team ever since, and Perry Hall beat No. 6 and league-leading Towson, 1-0, yesterday on a high-flying header by Andrew Gillis with 10:30 remaining.

Dino Kelis got the assist as he hit a cross from the 30-yard line to Gillis at the 10-yard line. The goal ended a lot of frustration for the Gators, who dominated the game and outshot Towson, 23-7.

"We just wanted it more and wouldn't let Towson win," Kelis said.

The No. 12 Gators improved to 7-2-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the league; they play Dulaney, undefeated in the league, on Wednesday. Towson dropped to 11-2 and 8-1 with games left against Catonsville and Dulaney.

Perry Hall sweeper Justin McGrath played flawlessly. "He's calm, like a ninja," Kelis said.

Center-midfielder Steve Pirrera helped Gillis and Chris Bock on the attack that pressured Towson goalkeeper David Eisen, who made nine saves.

Towson coach Randy Dase said his team was not focused.

"First off , we had the PSAT exam for three hours at school, and then we had a fire in a trash can and they were out of school 1 1/2 hours early for that and sitting around. You can't afford to get out of your routine on game day, and we were. Some kids ate their lunch at 2 p.m."

That said, Dase went on to praise the play of Perry Hall.

"They were tough up front, their keeper is excellent and the guy in back [McGrath] played well. They have a well-balanced squad," he said.

Dase is hoping his team's negative history with Perry Hall repeats itself.

"They tied us last year on a 60-yard shot up in the lights, but we never lost after that," Dase said.

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