Vikings upset Comets, 2-1, in soccer tourney
Mt. Hebron’s Jones helps preserve lead; Calvert Hall shuts out John Carroll
There might not have been anyone more motivated to win a soccer game Friday night at Catonsville than Mount Hebron senior goalie Torey Jones.
Jones was in goal last season when the Comets scored two late goals and rallied for a 2-1 victory in the championship game of the Catonsville Invitational tournament.
This was the first game of the boys tournament and Jones got his redemption as the No. 6 ranked Vikings nipped the No. 5 Comets, 2-1.
Both teams were scheduled to play Leonardtown today in the second round, but those games were postponed because Leonardtown dropped out of the tournament.
“It meant a lot coming into this game knowing that we got upset last year,” Jones said. “We were up1-0 going into the last five minutes of last year’s game and I knew we just had to sell out. This game has been on our mind for a long time now.”
Jones made three critical saves to preserve leads.
The first came with 17 minutes left in the first half off a point-blank shot by Matt Rehder with the Vikings clinging to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Mike Yacynich after a shot by Nick Rose that was saved by Catonsville goalie Kevin Deitz.
“I’ve really been working on crashing the net and I knew they had like five guys right in the middle of the goal and I knew if it didn’t go in or didn’t go out, it was coming to me,” Yacynich said.
Mount Hebron took a 2-0 advantage on a goal by junior Mike Mason, off an assist from Justin Kweon, with two minutes left in the first half.
But, after a Mount Hebron player was issued a red card, the Vikings were forced to play the last minute of the first half and entire second half a man down.
Catonsville almost capitalized with under 30 seconds left, but Zebb Eshetu’s header, off a feed from Jaylen Clark, was stopped from inside 5 yards out by Jones.
Eshetu did get another chance in the second half, and he converted an assist from Luke Palmisano with just under 30 minutes left in the game, making it 2-1.
Just over two minutes later, Jones made his third outstanding save of the night when he deflected a high shot by Drew Meyers over the crossbar.
“We all knew we just had to give it our all, including me, and I just went all-out for everything I had,” Jones said.
“Their goalie was the best player tonight,” Catonsville coach Chris Hastings said.
NO. 1 CALVERT HALL 5, JOHN CARROLL 0: Ben Alexander had a hat trick and Brady O’Connor scored twice to lead the host Cardinals (2-0, 2-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) past the Patriots (0-3, 0-2).
Chris Carroll had four assists for Calvert Hall.
NO. 10 C. MILTON WRIGHT 5, HEREFORD 0: Nathan Glass and Ryan Belfiore each had a goal and an assist to lead the Mustangs (1-0) past the Bulls (0-1) at the Brandon Tolson Invitational in Bel Air.
GILMAN 1, ST. PAUL’S 0: Avery Merlo scored the game-winner on an assist from Tyler Martinez as the host Greyhounds (2-1, 1-1 MIAA A Conference) shut out the Crusaders (1-1, 1-1).
NO. 6 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 1, SEVERNA PARK 1: Jenna Snead scored for the Cavaliers (1-0-1) in a tie with the Falcons (0-0-1) at the Anne Arundel Community College tournament.
SEVERN1, NO. 7 ARUNDEL0: Mackenzie Dixon scored the game-winner as the Admirals (1-0) upset the host Wildcats (0-1).
NO. 13 C. MILTON WRIGHT 3, HEREFORD 1: Carolyn Mang had a goal and an assist to lead the host Mustangs (1-0) past the Bulls (0-1).
MOUNT HEBRON 4, CHESAPEAKE-AA 0, ON PKS: Tied at 1 after 80 minutes, the Vikings (1-0) and Cougars (0-1) went straight into penalties to determine the winner of the opening game of the Catonsville Tournament.
Mount Hebron made all four attempts, while Chesapeake couldn’t come up with one, resulting in the Vikings’ win.
“Overall, really happy with that result,” Mount Hebron coach Tim Deppen said. “After losing to Long Reach in playoffs in PKs, it was really nice to win a game in PKs. So yeah, good result.”
TOWSON 3, ROLAND PARK 0: The host Generals (1-0) earned their second straight victory over the Reds (0-1).
Towson had more big hitters and consistent serving and won, 25-13, 25-11, 25-19.
Generals junior setter Logan Marsh totaled 14 assists and four aces and teammate Michaila Sheedy, a senior middle hitter, had nine kills.
No. 6 Mount Hebron celebrates a win after defeating No. 5 Catonsville in a boys soccer tournament. “I just went all-out for everything I had,” Vikings goalie Torey Jones said.