Al­bright helps Bob­cats stay un­de­feated

Cap­tain scores 2 in 2nd half of third straight shutout

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Glenn Gra­ham glenn.gra­ham@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Glen­nGra­hamSun

The Bel Air boys soc­cer team fi­nally found an open­ing against vis­it­ing Broad­neck on Tues­day with the game’s first goal in the clos­ing minute of a tight first half.

The Bob­cats quickly let it be known it would be their game — se­nior cap­tain Ryan Al­bright made sure of it.

Af­ter Vincent Rose’s open­ing goal sent the home team into half­time with a con­fi­dence boost, Al­bright quickly took charge in the sec­ond half, scor­ing three minutes in and adding a sec­ond goal later as Bel Air beat the No. 15 Bru­ins, 3-0.

Bel Air (3-0) has yet to sur­ren­der a goal this sea­son. Broad­neck dropped to 0-2.

Al­bright was im­pres­sive in mak­ing sure the Bob­cats kept their mo­men­tum. He took a nifty through ball from Grayson Harper and with time and space on the left side, neatly placed a left-footed shot from 15 yards that fin­ished in­side the near post for the 2-0 advantage.

“We said at half­time the first five minutes is re­ally go­ing de­pict this half and we said we were go­ing to get one and we did,” Al­bright said. “It was a great through ball from Gray — it wouldn’t have hap­pened if he didn’t cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity. It’s in­de­scrib­able” fin­ish­ing off a big goal.

Both teams wel­come sig­nif­i­cant earl­y­sea­son chal­lenges to prime for their league play — the Bru­ins in Anne Arun­del County, the Bob­cats in the Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

They got what they were look­ing for Tues­day.

In a first half mostly played on even terms, the Bob­cats were fi­nally able to break through with less than one minute left when Rose fin­ished off a chance in front on a ball sent in by Con­nor Lorenz.

Minutes ear­lier, Broad­neck sopho­more for­ward Louie Ker­dock gave the Bru­ins their best op­por­tu­nity, cleanly strik­ing a left-footed shot from 20 yards that Bob­cats se­nior goal­keeper Cameron Ri­ley kept out with a div­ing save.

“The­last five and­first five minutes of each half are some of the most crit­i­cal parts of a game, and they cap­i­tal­ized on those times and the mo­men­tum car­ried them and they did a good job push­ing for­ward af­ter that,” Broad­neck coach Sean Tet­te­mer said. “We have a lot of qual­ity play­ers, we just need to figure some things out. I think we have to im­prove de­fen­sively as a whole — our whole de­fen­sive mind­set has to change a bit. We’re also not scor­ing goals ei­ther, though, so as much as we may be able to pos­sess the ball we’re still not able to fin­ish and that’s an­other piece we have to work on.”

On Satur­day, the Bob­cats opened with two shutout wins at their own tour­na­ment, beat­ing Pat­ap­sco, 3-0, and Eastern Tech, 1-0. Broad­neck also opened its sea­son Satur­day, fall­ing to No. 2 Arch­bishop Curley, 3-1.

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