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Eastern Tech blanks Lansdowne to win boys soccer regional championship

Lansdowne High's Collin Murphy, right, shown in action getting a step on Western Tech's Jacob Wainglass, in earlier playoff action, played his final game for the Vikings in a 3-0 loss to Eastern Tech in the regional title game.
Lansdowne High's Collin Murphy, right, shown in action getting a step on Western Tech's Jacob Wainglass, in earlier playoff action, played his final game for the Vikings in a 3-0 loss to Eastern Tech in the regional title game. (File photo/2014)

Eastern Tech juniors Adam Andryszak and Adam Wise each had a goal and an assist, and classmate Ajay Jagadesan scored a goal to lift the host Mavericks to a 3-0 victory over Lansdowne in the Class 2A North Region boys soccer championship game Monday.

The region title was the fifth for Eastern Tech coach Peter Glaudemans, who is in his 23rd season.

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The loss ended Lansdowne's winning streak at eight games. That included a 1-0 victory for the Vikings (11-4) in the Section I finals over Patterson on a goal by Benny Brankoff off an assist from Jermaine Acosta.

Acosta and Brankoff, who also had three goals in a 7-2 playoff win over  Western Tech, had opportunities in the first half on Monday, but it was Eastern Tech (9-5-3) that capitalized early in the championship game.

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Wise assisted Jagadesan for the first goal on a perfect cross, and Andryszak assisted Wise the same way for the second goal less than 10 minutes into the game.

"They were just great crosses and finishes, exactly what we have been working on, exactly what we drew up on Saturday in our training session." Glaudemans said.

"They caught us off guard in our own end," Dunn said. "We just got a little confused when they overloaded the box on us."

Eastern Tech's defense of Colin Hitzelberger, Tyler Rawling, Liam Dwyer and Sean Boyle and goalie Camden Cook bent but never broke against Lansdowne.

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"These guys were dangerous," Glaudemans said. "We told them at halftime, 'we are a better team,' but right now they are a more dangerous team."

The Vikings came closest to scoring midway through the second half when they got three consecutive corner kicks that led to two shots by Collin Murphy and one by Brankoff.

Murphy's last shot was followed by an Eastern Tech fastbreak that ended with a bizarre goal by junior three-year varsity player Andryszak.

"It was weird because I was dribbling and I saw Ajay (Jagadesan) coming down and I was going to dump it to him, but then it came back to me so I just kind of hit it with the left foot."

The ball deflected off Lansdowne's Murphy right back to Andryszak for the tap-in.

Eastern Tech had some other scoring opportunities thwarted by Vikings keeper Brian Rios, who did an excellent job cutting off angles and taking away fastbreaks.

Eastern Tech moves on to the state semifinals, where the Mavericks will face the winner of Fallston and Easton at Bel Air High Nov. 7 or 8.

Glaudemans is proud of his young squadm which includes only four seniors.

"This is a special group of kids," he said. "We build our program on two or three things: Trust your teammates, play fair and work to get better every single day."

Lansdowne's Dunn was also proud of his players.

"It's been awesome," Dunn said. "We really made a great run at it. We came together at the end with five regular-season wins and then to come in and beat Western Tech again and beat Patterson at Patterson."

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