Patterson boys soccer's 16-game streak broken

October 03, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace and Katherine Dunn | Stefen Lovelace and Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporters

Notebook The Patterson boys soccer team had won 16 straight Baltimore City league games, but City was not intimidated when it faced the Clippers last Wednesday.

The Knights ended the Clippers' streak with a 2-1 win at Patterson. Nathal Ahmad and Dan Meade scored in the first half for the Knights.

It was a big win for City and first-year coach George Sfikas.

"I told them I was proud of them," Sfikas said after the win. "I told them as long as we get better every game, if you buy into what I tell you, things are going to get better."

Patterson won't have much time to stew over the loss. The Clippers host Poly today at 3:45 p.m., with the winner likely claiming first place in the division. Patterson defeated Poly, 1-0, in both teams' first game of the season.

"It'll be interesting to see how the team responds after a loss," Patterson coach Harry Martin said. "The first game we played them was a rough game, and I'm expecting there to be a lot more offense in the second game."

Patterson will rely on goalkeeper Denilson Pazos, who had a shutout in the teams' first meeting, to have another strong game.

Towson wins golf tourney

In last week's Baltimore County boys golf Championship at Diamond Ridge golf course, Towson didn't have a player finish in the top three.

It didn't matter. All six members of the team finished in the top 30, and Towson won the team event by a combined team score of 326. Catonsville was second with 329, and Dulaney was third with 335.

"We just have really good depth," coach Tom Blair said. "We're lucky to have a lot of good players, and they all played very consistent."

Seniors Colin Faggan and Matt Walsch tied for fourth place, shooting 79s. Robbie Harris tied for ninth place with an 81.

Catonsville's Greg Bowman was the overall winner, shooting a 74.

He narrowly edged Eastern Tech's Dustin Peddicord and Sparrows Point's Norman Vacovsky, who shot 75 and 76, respectively.

"If you'd call a basketball player a gym rat, you'd call Greg a golf-course rat," Catonsville coach Douglas Albright said. "He played a great tournament for us."

Although Bowman played well, Albright wasn't entirely satisfied with the rest of the Comets' performances. Diamond Ridge is Catonsville's home course, and they were expecting a better team showing.

"It was sort of a tough day for us," Albright said. "My top four players are all seniors, so they know that course better than anybody else. We had a real opportunity to win the overall team championship."

Chandler wins third title

Earlier this season, Dulaney golfer Carolyn Chandler said her short game needed a little work, but it didn't fail her last week at the Baltimore County championship.

The junior shot a 68 at Gunpowder Falls last week and ran away with her third straight title, winning by 10 strokes over Woodlawn's Ayana Jelani.

"My putting was pretty good that day," Chandler said. "I was staying away from the three-putts, so that helped me out."

Jelani edged Carver A&T's Gabriella Biondo, who also shot 78, in the tiebreaker. She took 4 on the first handicap hole, the 14th, while Biondo took 5. Milford Mill's Devonne Richardson was fourth, shooting 79.

Dulaney also took the team title, with 328 points. Towson was second with 383.

The Lions had strong finishes by Molly Blauvelt (6th), Chelsea Simanski (9th) and Leah Fauth. All of the Lions qualified for the district tournament Tuesday at Longview.

Tildon comes up big

Carver cornerback Davon Tildon wasn't expected to make a huge impact in the team's game against W.E.B. Du Bois on Saturday.

The freshman was making his first start because of an injury in the Bears secondary, but he made the most of his opportunity. Tildon snagged an interception at Carver's 2-yard line and took it 98 yards for the Bears' first touchdown of the game.

His play was a big factor in the Bears' 36-32 victory.

"It was Davon's first game starting for us, and he really stepped up," coach Ronald Frierson said.

The Bears were down 32-28 but drove the length of the field on their final drive. Carver used a strong running attack, carrying the ball 10 times for 70 yards, capped off by a 25-yard touchdown run by quarterback Michael Gardiner.

The win gives Carver a 2-2 record and new life going into their next game against City (2-2).

"It was a big boost for us," Frierson said. "We can come in with a lot of confidence against City on Friday."

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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