Perry Hall understands whats it's like to be in a dogfight, winning one game by two goals and another one by three this season. Wednesday wasn't one of those contests.
Senior attacker Josh Brent scored four goals and four other Gators had two apiece as they turned back host Pikesville, 13-6.
After a 1-1 tie at the end of the first quarter, Perry Hall (5-2) never trailed. The Gators led by three goals at halftime and the same margin midway through the third quarter.
A Perry Hall 4-0 spurt late in the third quarter removed any doubt about the outcome. The Gators scored four goals in five minutes.
"When they went on that run, it was a real let down by the defense," said Pikesville coach Jack Rose, whose team dropped to 3-4 and outshot, 30-16. "We kept it close until then."
Perry Hall started slowy, but picked up its offense early in the second quarter by stringing together three straight goals.
Senior midfielder Tyler Link had two during that stretch.
Perry Hall first-year coach Matt Smoot wasn't happy with his team's play in the first quarter.
The Gators strong second half helped ease the pain.
"We were disappointed with how we came out," Smoot said. "We came out flat. We felt like we were waiting for something to happen — waiting for the other teammate to make it happen instead of working off of each other. It's something we talked a lot about at the half."
Chandler Aversa (2 goals), Cameron Setzer (2), Tanner Cuthbert (2) and Jordan Coats (1) accounted for the remainder of Perry Hall's scoring.
Goalie Josh Schuman made eight saves for the winners and teammate Mike Santoro won 15 of 18 faceoffs.
Junior Jory Parson led Pikesville with three goals. Travon Wright, Colby Davis and Matt Kirshner added one goal each while Jesse Fidel chipped in two assists.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun