Towson shuts down Dulaney, 2-0

Generals jump out quick, put title game a win away

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 23, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Towson boys soccer coach Randy Dase said his No. 8 Generals are at their best when they can come out and score a quick goal.

Yesterday at No. 10 Dulaney, they were better than that.

With two goals in the game's first 12 minutes, the Generals had the confidence and cushion they needed, leaving their rivals' field with a satisfying 2-0 win.

Towson (11-2) improved to 9-1 in Baltimore County's Class 4A-3A Division and can earn a spot in Wednesday's championship game against Eastern Tech with a win over Catonsville on Monday.

First, the Generals will enjoy yesterday's sturdy win over Dulaney, which came into the game down after a tough 1-0 loss to Perry Hall. Quick goals from seniors Tyler Zentz and Andy Cutting made sure the Lions (9-3-2, 8-2-1) stayed down.

"We told the kids before the game this was Towson and Dulaney, this is like Army-Navy and you've got to win it with your hearts," said Dase. "I think when we jumped out that quickly, it was sort of `Wow, this feels good,' because usually it's a tug-of-war match between these two teams. They're an excellent team, well-coached, and it's a lot for fun for the Generals to beat the Lions in their back yard."

It was especially fun for Cutting, who finished off some fine work from the Generals in their offensive third with a right-footed shot from 14 yards for a 2-0 lead.

Mike Novotny sent a short through ball to Tarik Begic on the right. Begic sent a ball across that was dummied through by Zentz. Cutting made a smart run unmarked and one-timed a shot for his fourth goal of the season.

"Tyler made a beautiful dummy and I just kept with it and struck it well," said Cutting, a senior who has played a major role at midfield after seeing limited time as a junior. "It's a big rivalry and you've just got to go full jets the whole game - all out, that's it."

Zentz opened the scoring with a good run to the left end line followed by a hard, low ball that went off a Lions defender and in.

Senior central defender Timmy Skeen played a strong 80 minutes, seven Dulaney shots were handled by goalie David Eisen and Scott Andrzejewski alertly cleared a ball off the line late to all help in preserving the shutout.

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