Redeemer seeks 3rd boys soccer title in 4 years

October 10, 2007|By Katherine Dunn and Stefen Lovelace | Katherine Dunn and Stefen Lovelace,Sun Reporters

Redeemer Classical Christian is a small school in Kingsville, but its boys soccer team has been up to big things lately.

The Royals are 11-0 in their seventh season as a varsity team competing in the Maryland Christian Athletic League. With Monday's 4-0 win over Perry Hall Christian, they have outscored the competition 67-6 this season.

"We've been fortunate," coach Dave Feeney said. "We've been blessed with some talented players, and like coaching any team, it's just a matter of getting them to buy into the plan and focus on the goal. We've got everybody together, working toward that."

The Royals are aiming for a third MCAL title in four years, having won in 2004 and 2005 before finishing second last season. Since the beginning of the 2005 season, they have gone 50-6-1.

The return of Matt Tyrie, who played last season at Calvert Hall, has been a boost to the Royals. Tyrie scored almost 50 goals as a freshman and leads this team with 22 goals and 10 assists.

But the Royals have plenty of other players who can make a difference in a game. Jon Feeney has 14 goals and five assists and center midfielder Chris Broadwick has 10 goals and four assists. Defensively, goalie Mike Strappelli, sweeper Eric Chesser and stopper Jordan Moyer lead a unit that has posted seven shutouts.

Towson leads county

The No. 9 Towson (8-1-1) boys soccer team beat Loch Raven 1-0 in overtime last week to remain undefeated in Baltimore County league play. The Generals thought they should have been up 1-0 before the end of regulation, though.

In the first half, midfielder John Becker raced up the sideline and flicked the ball into the right side of the back of the net with just two seconds left. The officials thought differently, waving off the goal and saying time had expired, leaving the game scoreless at halftime.

Loch Raven dominated the second half, but some near misses and timely saves by Generals goalkeeper Hunter Damon kept the game tied, forcing overtime.

Three minutes into overtime, the ball was kicked out of bounds by the Raiders and Mike Balcer quickly threw the ball into Wils Alpern and sprinted to the top of the penalty box. Alpern passed back to Balcer, who blasted a left-footed shot into the right corner of the goal.

State finals switch

Locations for state championships in field hockey and soccer have been switched from their usual sites at Maryland and UMBC because of scheduling conflicts with NCAA events.

Broadneck will play host to field hockey and girls soccer, and South River will have the boys soccer finals.

In field hockey, the Class 2A and 4A finals will be Monday, Nov. 12, and the Class 1A and 3A finals on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Games will be at 5 and 7 p.m.

Girls soccer will be played Thursday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 17, with two finals each night. All boys soccer finals will be Nov. 17, with games beginning at noon.

There is also a change in the state volleyball tournament, although it remains at Ritchie Coliseum in College Park. The semifinals will be Nov. 12 through Nov. 15, with both matches in one classification each night. All finals will be played Nov. 17.

Gregory lifts Rams

Before his team's game against Banks, Digital Harbor defensive coach Larry Wineke told his defense that he wanted them to score.

Safety Terrell Gregory was listening loud and clear. The junior returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the Rams' 40-6 win over Banks.

"Terrell Gregory was probably the man that turned the tide for us," coach Lonnie Hartley said. "He has been our Ed Reed on defense."

Gregory scored on a 25-yard return in the first quarter, for the first score of the game. He snagged another in the fourth quarter, found some open space and made tacklers miss on his way to a 75-yard return.

He has six interceptions on the year and has helped Digital Harbor to a 4-1 record in the program's fourth year.

Arminio `sidelined'

Perry Hall football coach Nick Arminio was not on the sidelines last Friday when the No. 14 Gators (4-1) routed Dulaney, 35-7. Kathy Graybeal, the Perry Hall athletic director, said she "cannot comment" on the reason "because it is a personnel" situation.

Graybeal said she did not know whether Arminio would be back Friday for the Gators' game at Franklin. Arminio could not be reached for comment.

Sun reporter Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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