Maverick boys soccer preparing for long postseason run
The Eastern Tech boys soccer team feels its 2016 season ended too early, when the Mavericks fell to Fallston 4-2 in the Class 2A state semifinals.
Just about every player from that team has returned this season, and has helped Eastern tech roll to a 9-1 record entering this week.
The one loss was to Fallston during the Bel Air Tournament at the start of the season. The Cougars won on penalty kicks after the score was tied through regulation and two overtime periods.
Otherwise, the only time the mavericks have really been challenged this season was during a 1-0 win over visiting Perry Hall on Sept. 12.
“This is one of the most talented teams we’ve ever had,” Eastern Tech coach Pete said. “They’re all on the same page. They work well with each other, trust each other. They’re willing to give up the ball rather then trying to score themselves.”
The Mavericks defeated host Kenwood 3-0 on Oct. 3, then beat visiting Loch Raven 3-0 on Friday.
Eastern Tech jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Bluebirds. It remained 2-0 until late in the game, when a Kenwood player committed a hand ball in the penalty box and the Mavericks secured the game by converting a penalty kick.
The Mavericks are 2-0 in the Baltimore County Division I East/South. The division winner will advance to the county championship game.
Eastern Tech was to play at defending division champ Catonsville on Tuesday after The
Avenue News went to press. The Mavericks host Sparrows Point on Thursday and Dundalk on Oct. 17 before ending the regular season at Patapsco on Oct. 18.
Catonsville and Eastern tech entered Tuesday’s game as the only remaining unbeaten teams in the division. Patapsco has lost to Catonsville and Sparrows Point has lost to Patapsco.
Every other team in the division has two or more losses.
“You really can’t dismiss anyone in this division,” Pete said. You can’t take anyone for granted. [The Kenwood game] could have been just 2-1.
“Against Fallston, we learned we have a lot of tal- ent. If we put our minds to it, we can accomplish many things. We just had a few slipups in that game.”
Kenwood (0-7) lost to Lansdowne on Friday 4-2 to remain winless.
Chesapeake (5-1) defeated Milford Mill 5-0 on Oct. 3.
The Bayhawk girls soccer team dropped to 5-2 with a 1-0 loss at Dundalk on Thursday.
The Eastern Tech girls (4-13) battled to another draw, tying Loch Raven 1-1 on Thursday after beating Kenwood 4-1 on Oct. 3.
The Bluebirds (5-5-1) also lost at Edgewood on Thursday 5-0.
Mark Mudimba of Eastern Tech corrals a loose ball in front of Kenwood’s Alexander Uba.