Mav­er­ick boys clos­ing in on the di­vi­sion title

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

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Isaac Ngobu of East­ern Tech races Spar­rows Point’s Dy­lan Brown for a loose ball.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

JOshia Goet­zinger of East­ern Tech heads the ball dur­ing the 4-1 win over Spar­rows Point.

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