Patterson boys soccer win streak reaches 9

Western girls soccer still dominant in city


October 11, 2006|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,sun reporters

Patterson's boys soccer team hasn't been this dominant since 2002, when the Clippers of then-coach Troy Stevenson reached the Class 4A North regional final with a 10-2 record.

Having won nine straight to go to 10-1-1 (9-0-1 in the Baltimore City League), the Clippers' long-range goals are to rival the regional championship team of 1997, which went 15-2 and reached the Class 4A state semifinals under then-coach Derek Maki.

"This team not only wants to win the city championship," coach Harry Martin said, "but also to make some noise in the 4A North region come state playoff time."

The Clippers' scoring leaders are sophomore midfielder Julio Mendoza (11 goals, nine assists), sophomore forward Luis Bernasconi (12, two) and junior forward Abdulkadir Muhina (eight goals). Their skill transition involves midfielders Matewos Workye, Danilson Pazos and Kevin Lopez, who Martin considers the team's best overall player.

The Clippers have outscored their opponents, 64-9, thanks in part to a defense led by Jose Mercado, Danni Ramos, Matthew Horner and Demba Gologo and goalie Lester Vonty.

One of the Clippers' biggest wins was against Baltimore City League rival Poly on Oct. 2, when Patterson overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the six-time defending conference champions, 3-2.

"Poly is our biggest rivalry and both teams played extremely hard, but I think we wanted it more," Martin said. "The win is even more gratifying in that it was at Poly. Anytime you can go on the road and beat a quality opponent, that makes it more special."

Doves roll on

Western's girls soccer team continues its winning ways in the Baltimore City League this fall.

The Doves improved to 7-0 with wins last week over Poly, 3-2, and Patterson, 8-0.

Being unbeaten in the city is nothing new to the Doves. They haven't lost to a city opponent since 2002, when City beat them and took the city championship. That was before the seniors on this year's team even enrolled in high school.

The Doves' current success is especially satisfying for coach Sue Winemiller, because she graduated nine seniors from last year's team and has some inexperienced players holding their own, especially on defense.

"I was a little worried, because eight of our nine seniors [from last year] were on defense. Our two center backs are holding it together," Winemiller said.

Those center backs, seniors Lindsay Winkler and Miranda Bartling, keep as much as possible away from promising freshman goalie Jessica Mengle.

Mengle will play the second half of the season after sophomore Beth Murphy had surgery on a torn meniscus that had been nagging her since lacrosse season.

On the offensive end, senior Kacie Ruark is the big scorer with 10 goals and eight assists entering this week. She had two goals and an assist in each game last week.

Jasmine Patterson and Latrese Friday also scored two goals each against Patterson, and Leah Steber had two assists.

The Doves, who were scheduled to play at Roland Park yesterday, have three games to play against city competition.

Winemiller, who also has a game scheduled later in the season with St. Paul's, said she wanted to add some strong competition to the schedule to help the Doves prepare for the regional playoffs.

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