’Stangs capture 1st crown
Fedison, S. Baker score in second half to lift Meade
After nearly missing on a goal late in the first half, Meade’s Keelan Fedison was determined to convert his next opportunity, and that is just what he did.
Fedison scored with 24:21 left in the game off a cross from Riley Baker, and Silas Baker scored a insurance goal with two minutes left as the Mustangs defeated Severna Park, 2-0, to win the Anne Arundel County championship game Tuesday at Arundel.
“I was happy with our performance,” Meade coach Pat Hulede said. “We are very proud to win our first soccer county championship game for the school. This was two fantastic teams playing. I would love to watch that game as a fan.”
The return of the county championship game pitted two teams that each lost just once in the regular season. It was exactly three weeks earlier that the Falcons (12-2-1) handed Meade (12-1-2) its only setback, 2-0. The Falcons scored twice in the second half that day and kept Meade’s high-octane offense at bay.
“We really wanted this game after what happened last time,” Riley Baker, a senior, said. “This game was important for us because it gave us that playoff feel, and we know we are going to see this caliber of team as the playoffs progress.”
Neither team posed a dangerous threat offensively until Fedison’s chance, which came with 8:30 to go in the first half. Severna Park’s defense gave up the ball in the box and Fedison got a touch on it, sending the ball to the far left, where it bounced harmlessly off the post.
“We kind of sat back more than we should have; we should have pressured more from the beginning,” Fedison said. “Missing that goal in the first half really motivated me more in the second.”
Despite the scoreless tie, Hulede was satisfied with the work rate of both teams. Meade celebrates its victory at Arundel. “We are very proud to win our first soccer county championship game for the school, coach Pat Hulede said.
“They were creating chances on their front and, just like when we played them last time, it felt like whoever scored that first goal would get all the momentum,” Hulede said.
The Falcons crept up early in the second half, and moved the ball into Meade’s penalty box with some consistency in the first 10-15 minutes. Drew Belloff sent a chance wide right three minutes in, and Sam Kriel sent a free kick hard but straight at Meade goalkeeper Chris Marx 10 minutes later. With no overtime set for the championship, somebody was going to have to make a play, and that is where Riley Baker came in.
He controlled possession in the middle of the field and sent a perfect cross on to Fedison’s foot. The junior did the rest.
“I saw Riley and it was like tunnel vision, with the ball coming right to me,” Fedison said.
Severna Park brought everyone up in the waning minutes. A Meade clear got out to Silas Baker, who dribbled a couple of times before finishing a long shot into an empty net with 2:10 to play to clinch the victory.
“This was a very intense game, in terms of the atmosphere,” Silas Baker said. “I think we just worked harder when it came to the 50-50 balls and we finished our chances.”
Fedison’s goal exemplifies the Mustangs’ depth.
“We have a fantastic team overall, and I think that can be downplayed sometimes with some of our bigger names,” Hulede said.