Lightning bolts cut South Carroll's opener in boys soccer to 37 minutes last night in Sykesville. But lightning strikes in the first half by Glenelg really did in the Cavaliers in a game that officially ended with a 4-0 score.
South Carroll left itself vulnerable to Glenelg's speed up top by playing a flat-back defense, and the No. 15-ranked Gladiators took full advantage, repeatedly dropping balls over those defenders and racing onto them for a barrage of 15 shots and the four goals.
The first game this season for both teams was called off by South Carroll administrators two minutes into the second half, after repeated lightning flashes created hazardous playing conditions.
"We put it away in the first 10 minutes," Glenelg coach Peter Klisas said. "I told the forwards to stretch the defense, and we played a lot of through balls."
Sophomore Lars Hill, showing outstanding speed, scored the first goal in the fourth minute on a volley off a beautiful cross from Gary Coble.
Kyle Beliczky scored on a breakaway in the 12th minute, following a through ball from Josh Burford. Beliczky ran right at the goalkeeper and kicked a shot off the outside of his right foot to the inside of the right post.
In the 30th minute, Coble scored from the right side, after taking a through ball and dribbling toward the right post. South Carroll goalkeeper Ryan Webb came out too late, as Coble beat him and a defender with a shot to the near post.
Beliczky finished off the scoring with his second goal 35 seconds before the half ended. He took a through ball from Brendan Lewis, who played a strong game at right fullback.
"We like to play the long ball, and they gave us an opportunity to do that," Beliczky said. "I was surprised they didn't make some adjustments and create some depth in their defense. It was easy to score."
Beliczky said it has been a long time since he's seen that kind of defense. "It's not common in Howard County."
South Carroll coach Wes Haroldson, whose team has eight returning starters and is considered the Carroll County team to beat, said: "We played a flat-three defense, but we were inexperienced, and we had guys playing where they're not supposed to be. We only had one scrimmage, so we haven't had enough practice time. We'll come around."
Glenelg outshot South Carroll, 15-2.