Mavericks retain county championship
No overtime this time. No penalty kicks. No drama whatsoever.
The Eastern Tech boys soccer team again met Towson in the Baltimore County Championship game. The only similarity the rematch shared with last year’s game is the outcome.
The Mavericks rolled over Towson 4-0 on Oct. 23 at CCBC Catonsville to claim their second consecutive county title.
Last season, Eastern Tech outlasted Towson in a tense double-overtime thriller that was ultimately determined by a penalty kick shootout.
This time, the Mavericks jumped on top with a quick goal in the opening minutes, led 1-0 at the half, and then buried the Generals with three second-half goals.
“We tried to use a combination of midfield play, balanced with wing play,” Eastern Tech coach Pete Glaudemans said. “Towson is a very good team, and we didn’t go after anything in particular. We just wanted to exploit our talent and team discipline.”
Ryan Cummings scored in the first few minutes of the game to give Eastern Tech a quick 1-0 lead, but the Mavericks were held scoreless for the rest of the half.
Given the dominance of the Eastern Tech defense, that one goal lead looked like it would be more than sufficient. Towson rarely put any pressure on the Maverick goal, and keeper Ryan Jankowiak didn’t need to make a single save for the shutout.
One of the few moments when Towson had a scoring opportunity, ironcially, sparked the Maverick surge that put the game away.
The Generals had a free kick early in the second half after a Eastern Tech foul. Towson wasn’t able to turn the kick into a shot on goal; instead, the Mavericks used
it to start a counterattack.
On the break, Arsalan Ahmad sent a long pass downfield to Isaac Ngobu, who sent a header past the Towson keeper and into the goal for a 2-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Ahmad fired a shot from within a crowd in front of the Towson goal to extend Eastern Tech’s lead to 30-.
A goal by Ngobu late in the game finished the scoring for the Mavericks.
“We’re blessed with really, really good kids at our school, who are also good soccer players as well,” Glaudemans said. “When the whistle blows, we get ready to play.”
The top seed in the Class 2A North Region Section I, Eastern Tech 12-1-1) had a first-round bye before beating New Town 6-0 in the sectional semifinals.
The Mavericks will host either Hereford or Owings Mills on Friday.
Kenwood was eliminated from the Class 3A North
regional playoffs by Edgewood, 3-1, while Chesapeake lost to Loch Raven 7-0 in the Class 1A North region playoffs.
In the girls soccer regional playoffs, top-seeded Kenwood was to host C. Milton Wright on Wednesday in the Class 3A North region, while third-seeded Eastern Tech was to play at Owings
Mills on Wednesday.
Chesapeake, seeded second in Class 1A North, was to host Benjamin Franklin on Wednesday.
The winners will advance to the sectional finals on Friday. Chesapeake would likely play at Carver A&T, Eastern Tech at Hereford and Kenwood would host Bel Air.
Arsalan Ahmad of Eastern Tech had a goal and an assist as the Mavericks defeated Towson 4-0 in the Baltimore County championship game.
Eastern Tech celebrates after winning its second consecutive Baltimore County championship.