Mavericks earn spot in county championship game
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.