Mav­er­icks re­tain county cham­pi­onship

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

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Ar­salan Ah­mad of East­ern Tech had a goal and an as­sist as the Mav­er­icks de­feated Tow­son 4-0 in the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship game.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

East­ern Tech cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship.

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