Perry Hall slips, slides by No. 10 Dulaney, 1-0

Gators win on late goal by Randlett, near title try

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 21, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Just call them mudders.

Perry Hall's boys soccer team bonded earlier this season during a practice in heavy rain and now enjoys playing on a wet field. And those were the conditions for last night's showdown with 4A-3A Baltimore County rival Dulaney.

The Gators out-worked, out-ran and out-muscled the visiting Lions to win, 1-0.

In the process, seventh-ranked Perry Hall (8-2-1 overall, 8-1-1 league) kept alive its hopes for a county championship. The Gators need a victory by No. 10 Dulaney (9-2-2, 8-1-1) over No. 8 Towson (10-2, 8-1) tomorrow night. And they need to defeat Franklin Saturday to earn a spot in the championship game against Eastern Tech.

"Once we saw rain at practice [Tuesday], we started getting pumped up," said Gators midfielder Adam Randlett, a junior transfer from Calvert Hall who scored the game's only goal with 5:45 left in the first half. "This feels great. Dulaney is a great team, and Justin McGrath played another great game for us at sweeper."

McGrath is a junior transfer from Calvert Hall.

Randlett received a short pass from Andrew Gillis and shot to the far post for his goal. Gillis is a transfer from Redeemer, and his speed and ability to beat defenders were big reasons why Perry Hall dominated the Lions. Gillis nearly had two goals in the first half, but he hit the crossbar once and one was saved on a good play by Dulaney goal keeper Tyler Hodgins.

"No. 10 [Gillis] and No. 7 [Chris Bock] were good players with speed and their sweeper [McGrath] has a nice touch and speed," said Dulaney coach Scott Manning. "And their goalkeeper [Mike Radcliffe] was aggressive."

Radcliffe, a senior, made a sensational save with 12 seconds left.

"I've never beaten Dulaney," said an overjoyed Radcliffe. "The ball came into the box on a cross and got deflected, and someone flicked it. I drop-stepped back and knew I couldn't catch it, so I had to punch it back [over the crossbar]."

Perry Hall coach Dan Larsen, who praised Radcliffe, also singled out center midfielder Steve Pirrera, the team's leading scorer with 13 goals.

"I asked Steve to be selfless tonight and hang back and control the midfield, and he did," said Larsen.

The play of the game was a bicycle kick-out save from the goal line by Dulaney defender Scott Franklin in the second half on a shot by Bock.

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