Maverick boys closing in on the division title
The Eastern Tech boys soccer team seized control of the division race last week and has the easiest path to earning a berth in the Balti- more County championship game.
The Mavericks edged defending division champ Catonsville in overtime, 1-0 on
Oct. 10, then beat visiting Sparrows Point 4-1 on Thursday.
Eastern Tech (10-0 overall) leads Baltimore County Division I East/South with a 5-0 record. Catonsville and Patapsco, both 4-1, are in second place.
The Mavericks were to host Dundalk (46) on Tuesday and play at Patapsco (7-3) on Wednesday. Losing to Dundalk but beating Patapsco likely gives Eastern Tech the division title, due to owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Catonsville.
Beating Dundalk and losing to Patapsco, however, could leave the Mavericks, Patriots and Comets in a three-way tie for first. Catonsville beat Patapsco 2-1 in double overtime, so a series of tiebreakers would be used to determine which team advanced to the county championship game.
Arsalan Ahmad scored the overtime goal to beat Catonsville.
Against Sparrows Point, the Mavericks took a 3-0 halftime lead on goals by Aaron Ogbennah, Ryan Cummings and Shuron Woodyard. Isaac Ngobu assisted on Ogbennah’s goal. Sparrows Point scored in the second half on a goal by Dylan Brown off an assist from Givoni Herring. The Pointers had a few opportunities to make it a one-goal game, but were turned back by the Eastern tech defense and keeper Andrew Holt.
A goal by Kyle Dengler late in the second half clinched it for the Mavericks.
“Sparrows Point is always tough to beat, always talented, always very, very hard working,” Eastern Tech coach Peter Glaudemans said. “We took a lot of our starters out in the second half, but then we got a little nervous and put the starters back in.
“We just did the simple things. Stay organized, execute the game plan.”
Should Eastern Tech win the division, it will face the survivor of Division I North/ West in the county championship game.
Towson (3-0 in division), Perry all (3-1) and Owings Mills (2-1) are all still in contention for that division title, along with Hereford (3-2).
The county championship game will be played at Sparrows Point on Oct. 24.
Isaac Ngobu of Eastern Tech races Sparrows Point’s Dylan Brown for a loose ball.
JOshia Goetzinger of Eastern Tech heads the ball during the 4-1 win over Sparrows Point.