Patapsco tops Dulaney, 2-1

Patriots rally from halftime deficit to win Baltimore County title

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 27, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Patapsco senior midfielder Brent Defelice had one of those moments yesterday that a goal scorer craves .

That it came midway through the second half of a tie game - the Baltimore County boys soccer championship, no less - made it that much more special.

Defelice cleanly struck a volley from 20 yards that took a straight line into the net at the near post, the defining moment of a resilient second half that led the Patriots to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over visiting Dulaney.

With his team trailing 1-0 at the half, Patapsco coach Danny Skelton told his players that if they kept working hard, the goals would come. Freshman David Vaeth tied the game at 1 with a goal nine minutes into the second half, and then Defelice provided the game-winner about 10 minutes later.

"It just came to me and I just hit it out of the air. I was able to swing right through it. That was my seventh goal this season, but by far the sweetest," Defelice said.

Both team had scoring chances in a first half with plenty of pace, but only the Lions were able to break through. Vincent Dipino, unmarked on his run to the far post, headed a ball sent in from Andrew Krug off a defender and in for a 1-0 Dulaney lead.

In the second half, Skelton's halftime words proved true.

"In a game like this, whether it be for a county championship, region or state, you just have to stay composed and take advantage of opportunities when they come," Skelton said. "I told them, `Keep working and the goals will come' and they did."

With senior Aaron Wheeler dominating the middle of the field in the second half, the Patriots carried the game while protecting the 2-1 lead.

"It was more what we didn't do, but you have to give them credit for pressuring us into situations where we didn't respond well," Dulaney coach Scott Manning said. "We came out flat in the second half, gave them hope with the goal and they got another one. We didn't really get the ball in the box much, and that's something we normally don't have problems with."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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