Tow­son boys gain state semis in soccer

Ch­e­sa­peake-AA to play West­min­ster for state 3A field hockey cham­pi­onship

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Craig Clary — Pat Stoet­zer, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group — Mike Morea, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

No. 10 Tow­son (14-2-2) won the Class 3A North Re­gion boys soccer ti­tle with a vic­tory over host Lans­downe (13-1-1) on penalty kicks Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter a score­less reg­u­la­tion and dou­ble over­time, the Gen­er­als’ Sam Ed­wards, Tris­tan Arias, Kushai Giri and Bryce Vanik made con­sec­u­tive penalty kicks for a 4-1win on PKs.

Tow­son goal­keeper Austin Wenck had a save on the first Vik­ings kicker. Brian Rios Bu­ruca con­verted his PK for Lans­downe.

The loss ended the Vik­ings’ win­ning streak at 13 games.

Tow­son will play Mount He­bron on Satur­day at 2:30 p.m. at Linganore in the state semi­fi­nals.

It’s the Gen­er­als’ first re­gional soccer ti­tle since 2008, when as­sis­tant coach Jon Becker was a se­nior on the team.

Field hockey

NO. 10 WEST­MIN­STER 3, BLAKE 0: The Owls (14-3) showed their in­ten­sity from the out­set by scor­ing three first-half goals that led to a vic­tory over the Ben­gals (12-3) in a Class 3A state semi­fi­nal at Broad­neck.

West­min­ster won its 12th game in a row and se­cured a spot in the cham­pi­onship game, Satur­day at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, for the third con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

The Owls won in 2014 and were run­ner-up last fall.

Emily Dud­ley had two goals and Haleigh Moore added an­other for West­min­ster, which gave Blake a glimpse of its power mo­ments af­ter the open­ing whis­tle.

The Owls had a penalty-cor­ner try within the first minute. They passed ac­cu­rately in and around the cir­cle. They worked the ball smoothly in the tran­si­tion game.

And when Moore sent a ball into the cage af­ter dodg­ing through Blake’s in­ner-cir­cle de­fense with 18:13 re­main­ing in the half, West­min­ster had all the of­fense it needed.

CH­E­SA­PEAKE-AA 4, BEL AIR 0: Re­nee Duffy scored twice in the first 17 min­utes and Rachel Fleig added a first-half goal that pro­pelled the Cougars (12-5) to a shutout win over the de­fend­ing Class 3A state cham­pion Bob­cats (7-9) at Broad­neck.

Ch­e­sa­peake will play West Re­gion cham­pion West­min­ster.

The Owls knocked the Cougars out of the run­ning a year ago in the state semi­fi­nals, 1-0.

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