La Plata, North Point clinch di­vi­sion soc­cer ti­tles

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter suf­fer­ing back-to-back losses early in the sea­son to Leonard­town and North­ern, the La Plata boys soc­cer team have been red hot as of late.

Tues­day, the War­riors were able to con­trol possession and play tight de­fense as they held off the vis­it­ing North Point Ea­gles for the 2-1 victory in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

With the win, La Plata (8-3, 6-0 Po­tomac) clinched its sec­ond-straight di­vi­sion crown with two more reg­u­lar sea­son games left on the sched­ule and will take on the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion win­ner in the SMAC cham­pi­onship game.

The War­riors are off un­til Tues­day when it trav­els to Hunt­ing­town, then will fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son Thurs­day when it hosts Chop­ti­con. Both games are sched­uled for 6 p.m.

Dur­ing its win streak, La Plata has outscored its op­po­nents 31-4 due to strong de­fense and bal­anced scor­ing.

“We pos­sessed the ball for the much of the game,” La Plata head coach Chris But­ler said of Tues­day’s con­test. “They played very deep and looked to counter at­tack with long balls.”

In what was a tightly con­tested game through­out, La Plata took a 1-0 half­time on a goal from se­nior for­ward Seth DePri­est-Kessler and added an­other goal in the sec­ond half to take a two-goal lead on a shot from ju­nior for­ward Rob­bie Delozier.

War­riors goalie Ben LeBar­ron saved four shots in the win.

“The dif­fer­ence in the game was that our possession was able to limit North Point’s fast-break op­por­tu­ni­ties,” But­ler said. “Ben made some great saves in the game and so did the North Point goalie [Austin Geier].”

North Point (5-4, 3-1) was led by Devin Dou­glas, who scored its lone goal in the los­ing ef­fort. Geier kept the Ea­gles in the game with 12 saves.

North Point has three reg­u­lar sea­son games re­main­ing, all to be played next week. The Ea­gles host St. Charles at 6 p.m. Tues­day fol­lowed by a road game at 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day ver­sus Leonard­town, to make up a Sept. 29 post­pone­ment, then end the reg­u­lar sea­son at Lackey at 6 p.m. next Fri­day.

“We had our chances,” North Point head coach Doug DeCook said. “They came out and played a ver y phys­i­cal style of soc­cer which took our boys a half to fig­ure out. We had our chances, but the ball didn’t bounce our way today. Best of luck to La Plata who will rep­re­sent the Po­tomac Di­vi­sion.”

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