Fifteenth-ranked Perry Hall looked a little rusty last night, but not rusty enough for Loch Raven.
The Gators (1-0-1), who hadn't played a game in a week, used a goal by forward Zach Hussing with 5: 59 left in the first half to defeat the host team, 1-0, in a Baltimore County game.
Perry Hall, a state semifinalist last year, was sluggish in the first half, but the Gators turned their game up a notch in the second half and dictated the action.
"I was pleased with our effort, but I wasn't with our playmaking," said Perry Hall coach Brian Moen.
"Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for Thursday [when the Gators play rival Dulaney]," he said.
Hussing's goal came on a cross into the box from halfback Scot Dufel.
"He put it through [the defense] and I went high and the goalie went low and I waited for him to commit and it went in," Hussing said.
Loch Raven (4-1) had its best chance of the second half with just less than two minutes left. Forward Charlie Phelan took a cross and beat Perry Hall goalie Matt Barret, but his shot trickled wide right.
For Loch Raven, the game was the second in a 24-hour span.
"We were tired and it showed," said Raiders coach Joe Fiedler. "I thought the game was pretty even. We made one mistake, and they took advantage of the opportunity. That's soccer,"
According to Hussing, Perry Hall is starting to gel.
"We're starting to come together," said Hussing, who played for John Carroll last season. "Tonight, we started slow, but we dominated the game late and that's what counts."
Moen said the Gators were pumped up for the game.
"It's a bit of a rivalry," Moen said. "Most of these guys know each other from summer leagues, so this was important to them."
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Pub Date: 9/15/99