Mustangs post fourth shutout
Solomon has two goals, Baker a goal and an assist
Meade’s Samuel Solomon noticed that teammate Riley Baker was having a great practice Monday, taking on everyone and scoring a lot of goals. Solomon hoped that effort would carry over to Tuesday’s game at Broadneck, and it did.
Solomon had two goals and Baker added a goal and an assist while the Mustangs defense posted its fourth shutout, 3-0 over the Bruins.
“Wehavealot of speed and a lot of talent in our attack,” Solomon said. “After Riley’s practice yesterday, I immediately looked to find him today, and luckily, we were able to get some goals out of it.”
The pace and tempo were actually to Broadneck’s liking early on, but the Mustangs (6-0-1) took advantage of their first scoring chance. Baker beat Broadneck goalkeeper Frederick Hill to a ball high in the penalty box, took possession wide, and sent a cross over to Solomon, who finished for the lead 14 minutes in.
“It is all about playing off of Sam,” Baker said. “He was an all-state player last year, and playing off him has made things easier.”
The early deficit put the Bruins (4-3) on their heels.
“Meade is a very good team,” Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said. “They dictated the tempo of the game and played to their strengths. We were trying to catch up the entire game.”
Broadneck had a chance to tie with 13:29 left in the first half. A long throw-in by Owen Joyce slipped through Meade goalkeeper Chris Marx’s hands, but could not find a Broadneck foot. A minute later, Baker sprang Solomon again, but Hill came off the line and snuffed the chance. Baker would not miss his own chance several minutes later, as the senior took a pass out on the left side from Solomon and buried it in the opposite corner with 5:18 to play.
“I thought those two linked up very nicely today,” Meade coach Pat Hulede said of Solomon and Baker. “The great part about this team is we have a lot of firepower. Chesapeake focused on Sam last game. This time, they were focused on Silas Baker, and that freed up Sam and Riley a bit.”
In the second half, Broadneck began to create consistent opportunities up front, highlighted by a near-miss off a free kick by Louie Kerdock with 15 minutes to play, and later had a series of headers that forced two saves off the line by Meade defenders with just over four minutes to play to keep the shutout intact.
“We showed some heart in the second half, and hopefully we can build on that as we continue our season,” Tettemer said.
After the second clearance off the end line, and with Broadneck having so many players up on the attack, Meade’s counterattack took effect. A ball was played through that Solomon fought for and controlled about 35 yards out, and he then stayed one step ahead of two defenders while on the ball, before finishing for his12th goal of the young season.
“I feel really good about our team, and we are having a lot of fun right now,” Solomon said.
Hulede is trying not to jinx Solomon’s performance so far, but he was impressed by how his four-year starter scored his goals against Broadneck.
“We had a conversation about him scoring different types of goals, and I think he did that today,” Hulede said. “He is hard to mark and, when he shares the ball at the top the way he does, it is hard to match up with us.”
Christian Best and the Mustangs defenders made the final score stand up.
“The guys work pretty hard every day,” Best said. “We don’t play any games back there.”