Darby heads off Rangers for Cup title


In yesterday's editions, it was reported incorrectly that the Columbia Darby's Bruce Engle allowed a goal in his team's 2-1 victory in the Maryland Cup boys under-17 soccer final. He had been replaced as goalkeeper before the goal was scored.

The Sun regrets the error.

If soccer games were judged by possession time and artistry, the Columbia Darby would have been a big winner yesterday in the Maryland Cup soccer boys under-17 final. As it turned out, the Darby needed Kumi Walker to head a potential tying goal off his goal line three minutes into injury time to preserve his side's 2-1 victory over the Columbia Rangers.

Matt Stevens and Chad Evans scored for the Darby, which won its third state championship in its three years of existence. Joined by all Maryland Cup winners in U-12-and-older age groups, the Darby will travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y., for the U.S. Region I championships July 1-4, hoping to regain the 1993 title it failed to defend last year.

George Gee narrowed the Rangers' deficit to 2-1 in the 83rd minute. But 10 minutes later when Theodore Zingman's right-side corner curled over the head of Darby goalkeeper Bruce Engle, Walker flicked it away.

The Columbia Spirit, which had its string of four straight Cups ended, 1-0, by the Potomac Pros a year ago, avenged that setback by drubbing the Pros, 5-1, in the girls U-17 final.

"Basically it was revenge," said Spirit keeper Megan Boehm. "We wanted to play as hard as we could and as aggressive as we could and just take it."

The Harford Energizers captured their second consecutive Maryland crown, blasting the Baltimore F.C. Mixx, 6-0, in the girls U-16 final.

The Bethesda Wizards, who took five Cups in a row before losing the last three years to the Potomac Alliance, beat the Alliance, 4-3, in penalty kicks in the boys U-18 division.

Jason Gormley had two goals and Jason Gotis added one to lift Columbia United to a 3-0 decision over Baltimore F.C. '78 in the Boys U-16 final.

Boys -- U-18: Bethesda Wizards 1, Potomac Alliance 1 (Bethesda wins, 4-3, in pen. kicks). U-17: Columbia Darby 2, Columbia Rangers 1. U-16: Columbia United 3, Baltimore F.C. '78 0. U-13: S.C. Baltimore Wells-McComas 1, Laurel Wildcats 0. U-12: Columbia Strikers 1, Baltimore United Select 1 (Columbia wins, 5-4, on pen. kicks). Girls -- U-17: Columbia Spirit 5, Potomac Pros 1. U-16: Harford Energizers 6, Baltimore F.C. Mixx 0. U-12: MSI Falcons 2, Columbia Flames 1. U-10: Bethesda Dragons 2, Parkville Flames 1.

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