Junior midfielder Brian Gilpin scored 6:30 into the second half and St. Albans ended two years of frustration as it shut out defending Interstate Athletic Conference champion Bullis, 1-0, yesterday at St. Albans.

In winning, St. Albans may have ended Bullis' hopes of repeating as league champion. The loss left Bullis 2-3 in the league, 7-4 overall.

St. Albans (2-3, 4-4) decided early it wasn't going to get beaten by Bullis' All-Met midfielder Mario Lone. Although St. Albans did not cover Lone with one player, it did swarm the two-time IAC leading scorer, every time he approached the ball.

"Since I've been here, it's always been Mario this, Mario that," said Gilpin, whose team had lost to Bullis in four previous meetings. "And since this is the first time we've beaten them and since this is the first time we've shut Mario down, well, you can understand {Lone's importance}."

After a scoreless first half that saw each team attempt eight shots on goal, Gilpin received a quick flick pass from Min Yun 20 yards out and fired the game winner off the right post past goalie Mark Van Der Poll.

With the lead, St. Albans stepped up its midfield attack and its pressure on Lone, who found himself in his own defensive zone for the majority of the second half. And Bullis was never able to mount a threat thereafter.

"We were getting beat to the ball so I had to keep coming back," said Lone, who entered the game with eight goals. "So there was no way I could distribute the ball. Every time I got the ball, all I saw was {St. Albans'} blue."

Credit the St. Albans midfield of John Tepper, John Harter and Christian Powers, who were determined to keep Lone in check and performed well throughout.

"We have a very elastic defense in that we are very flexible in what we are able to do" said Tepper, whose team lost its last two games in overtime. "So we were able to swarm Mario and still keep in control of the rest of the field. You can never totally shut down a player like Mario but we pretty much kept him in check. We have a lot to be proud of.

"This game was so important to us. We've been playing well but coming up short. So we really needed a win here. Especially against Bullis."