Mus­tangs set pace early, end 2-game slide

Teams tie for 1st in UCBAC Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Jeff Sei­del

The Fallston boys soccer team had prob­lems con­vert­ing on scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties Mon­day night at C. Mil­ton Wright. The Mus­tangs did not find as many chances but fared bet­ter when they got them.

That’s why No. 12 C. Mil­ton Wright de­nied No. 9 Fallston a chance to clinch the Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Athletic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion ti­tle. Jay But­ler scored in the sec­ond minute, and Sean Flem­ing added an­other goal later in the half as the Mus­tangs won, 2-0.

C. Mil­ton Wright (8-4-1, 5-1) pulled into a tie with the Cougars (11-2, 5-1) for first place in the di­vi­sion in their fi­nal UCBAC game. Bel Air has two games re­main­ing, and if the Bob­cats win out, there would be a three-way tie for first place, with tiebreak­ers needed to de­ter­mine the win­ner.

In this game, the Mus­tangs set the tone with But­ler’s early goal. Fallston kept try­ing to pres­sure and of­ten pushed the ball deep into the C. Mil­ton Wright end but could not con­vert.

“They had a good num­ber of a op­por­tu­ni­ties to put the ball in the box,” C. Mil­ton Wright coach Brian Tully said. “We’re com­fort­able play­ing that way. Guys were very dis­ci­plined and played within them­selves.”

Start­ing goalie Ryan Miller made six saves be­fore se­nior Dy­lan Cush­ner came in for the fi­nal 10 min­utes and added key save on a Fallston header from close to the net.

Miller was ag­gres­sive, com­ing out of the goal and break­ing up plays sev­eral times. He stopped plenty of crosses, and that hurt Fallston. Cush­ner also played well.

But in the end, it was the quick goal that set the tone and gave the Mus­tangs a lead they never lost. It also helped them end a two-game los­ing streak.

But­ler gave C. Mil­ton Wright a 1-0 lead when he scored from just inside 10 yards. The ball was headed around a bit as Fallston tried to clear but it came to But­ler, who volleyed it in 1:23 into the game.

“I didn’t know where it was go­ing,” But­ler said with a smile. “It raised our in­ten­sity. This is the best game we’ve played.”

C. Mil­ton Wright was con­tent to play de­fense and coun­ter­at­tack af­ter that. Its best scor­ing chance came later in the half, when Ian Fink got con­trol of the ball and fed it to Flem­ing, who put a low shot from about 15 yards out inside the right post for a 2-0 lead with 15:03 re­main­ing.

The Cougars kept try­ing in the sec­ond half, com­ing up with some good scor­ing chances. Jake Kauff­man had a shot that hit the inside of the left post and bounced on the line be­fore a de­fender cleared the ball with about 29 min­utes left.

Ben Muzzelo of Fallston then headed a shot from in front that Cush­ner made a div­ing save on with just over six min­utes re­main­ing. The Cougars never con­verted, and their 10-game win­ning streak ended.

“It just wasn’t our night tonight,” Fallston coach Drew Bisker said. “It’s dif­fi­cult to win ev­ery night in this league.”

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