Alpern kicks Towson boys into final

Soccer

November 04, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

With two goals and one assist from junior standout Wils Alpern and a sturdy defensive front throughout, the visiting Towson boys soccer team shut out No. 14 Franklin, 3-0, yesterday in a Class 3A North semifinal.

The Generals, who shared last year's state crown with River Hill, improved to 11-3-1 and advanced to their eighth straight regional title game, set for Tuesday at home against Patapsco or City.

During the regular season, the Indians (10-3-1) held on to beat the Generals, 4-3, after building a 3-0 halftime lead.

This time, Towson made adjustments on defense and turned to a familiar source for offense.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, Alpern worked his way down the left wing to the goal line, cut inside and scored from a tough angle for a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, Alpern sent a through ball to Michael Balcer, who finished with his left foot from 15 yards to give the Generals a 2-0 lead that wasn't threatened in the second half.

"I think our defense played really well," said Alpern, who also scored on a penalty kick late in the second half. "They did a good job of getting the ball to us to let us do our thing. Franklin is a good team and we knew what we had to do and were able to do it."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

More boys soccer

No. 5 Fallston 1, Bel Air 0 -- Matt Nowicki beat his defender and crossed to senior Phil Bisker, who scored the game's only goal seven minutes before halftime. The host Cougars (15-1-1) will play the winner of today's Class 3A East semifinal between No. 7 Severna Park and No. 3 Mount Hebron.

Thomas Johnson 1, Perry Hall 0 -- Senior Rob Scherr stole the ball in the Admirals' end and put a shot past goalie Zach Kane as the host Patriots (11-1) eliminated Perry Hall (10-5-1) in a 4A North semifinal.

Hammond 1, Calvert 0 -- Ike Mbonu redirected a free kick Abbas Ibrahimnejad in the 38th minute of the first half to put the host Golden Bears (10-3-2) in the Class 2A South final against Atholton.

Girls soccer

No. 14 Loch Raven 1, Hereford 0 -- Casey Hafford scored with 13 minutes left in the game as the host Raiders advanced to play in the Class 2A North final.

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