Mav­er­icks earn spot in county cham­pi­onship game

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­

The Eastern Tech boys soc­cer team re­ceived some bad news the day before it was to play at Pat­ap­sco in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale.

Spar­rows Point had tied Ca­tonsville 1-1, mean­ing the Mav­er­icks had to beat Pat­ap­sco in or­der to win the Bal­ti­more County Di­vi­sion I East/South and earn a spot in the county cham­pi­onship game.

Eastern Tech eas­ily took care of busi­ness, beat­ing Pat­ap­sco 3-0 on Oct. 18 at CCBC Dun­dalk.

The un­beaten Mav­er­icks (12-0) were to play Tow­son (10-2) in the county cham­pi­onship game on Tues­day at Spar­rows Point af­ter The

Av­enue News went to press. Had Ca­tonsville beaten Spar­rows Point, Eastern Tech would not have needed to beat Pat­ap­sco, as a Pa­triot vic­tory would have cre­ated a three-way tie for first place be­tween the Mav­er­icks, Comets and Pa­tri­ots.

The tie-breaker would have been best over­all record.

By ty­ing Spar­rows Point, how­ever, Ca­tonsville could no longer tie for first place. A Pat­ap­sco vic­tory would have tied it with Eastern tech for first place in the di­vi­sion, both 6-1, and the Pa­tri­ots would have the headto-head tiebreaker.

Mitchell Shanklin gave the mav­er­icks a 1-0 lead ?? min­utes into the game as he took a pass from Kyle Den­gler, out­raced a Pat­ap­sco de­fender and poked a shot just in­side the post.

?? min­utes later, Ar­salan Ah­mad cen­tered the ball from the right cor­ner. Pat­ap­sco keeper Travis Keith poked the ball away, but it went right to Mar­cos Barre- ra and he ric­o­cheted it right into the net.

Late in the game, with Pat­ap­sco push­nig its de­fense for­ward try­ing to score a goal, Isaac Ngobu took a long-range shot that slipped un­der the cross bar for the fi­nal score.

“We just ex­e­cuted our gane pan, and that was to ex­ploit our tal­ents,” Mav­er­ick coach Pete Glaude­mans said. “We just take the ap­proach that if we ex­e­cute our plan, we have a le­git­i­mate shot to win every game.”

Pat­ap­sco had a chance to take a quick 1-0 lead on a break­away early in the game, but Mav­er­ick keeper An­drew Holt stopped the shot. The pa­tri­ots threat­ened sev­eral times in the second half, but could not crack the eastern Tech de­fense.

Eastern Tech is seeded first in the Class 2A North Re­gion Sec­tion I. The Mav- er­icks host fourth-seeded For­est Park on Oct. 31 and will host second-seeded Here­ford (8-3-1) or third­seeded Owings Mills (4-6-1) on Nov. 3.

The win­ner of that game should be strongly fa­vored in the re­gional cham­pi­onship game over which­ever team wins Sec­tion II.

Ch­e­sa­peake (7-4) is seeded first in the Class 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion I, and will host ei­ther fourth­seeded Spar­rows Point (5-71) or No. 5 Loch raven (4-8) on Oct. 31.

Ken­wood (1-11) opens the Class 3A North Sec­tion II re­gional play­offs at sec­ond­seeded Bel Air on Friday.

In girls soc­cer, Ch­e­sa­peake (6-5) host The SEED School on Oct. 31, while Eastern Tech (8-2-3) hosts Cen­tral on Oct. 31 and will then host Here­ford ((9-2-1) on Nov. 3.

Ken­wood (3-8-1) plays at C. Mil­ton Wright on Friday.


Eastern Tech’s Mitchell Shanklin shoots past Pat­ap­sco de­fender David Pierelli to score the first goal of the Mav­er­icks’ 3-0 win over the Pa­tri­ots.

Eastern Tech’s Isaac Ngobu lines up a shot dur­ing the Mav­er­icks’ 3-0 win over Pat­ap­sco last week.

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