Mav­er­ick boys soc­cer pre­par­ing for long post­sea­son run

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Mark Mudimba of East­ern Tech cor­rals a loose ball in front of Ken­wood’s Alexan­der Uba.

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