Catonsville sophomore Jake Parrott had an assist and goal and the stingy defense did the rest as the host Comets (3-3-1) defeated a pesky Loch Raven squad, 2-1, Thursday night.
Parrott, one of six returning players from a squad that graduated 13 seniors, set up senior Dillon Hannah with the first goal with 26:11 left in the first half, after a throw in by senior Will Johnson.
“I was supposed to flick it back and Dillon happened to be there,” Parrott said."
Hannah, one of four captains, along with Johnson and juniors Sam Khan and Daniel Kim, was surprised to be so open in the box.
“I just ran to the back post and nobody was covering me,” Hannah said.
The second Comet goal came just over 12 minutes into the second half, and again it started with a throw-in.
Junior Brian Holim's throw was flicked into the box by Michael Heaney and he provided the assist.
“Heaney headed it to me and I wasn’t marked,” Parrott said.
It was an all too-familiar scene for Loch Raven coach Matt Radebaugh,” whose squad dropped to 1-8.
“That (not marking) has been our problem all season,” Radebaugh said. “Credit Catonsville for scoring on two set plays. They played well.”
Catonsville’s second goal, which came after two solid scoring opportunities by Heaney earlier in the second half, seemed to rev up the Loch Raven attack.
With a shade under 22 minutes left in the second half, Pablo Amador had a shot that leaked wide.
Just over five minutes later, the Raiders got their first score on their first shot on goal.
Senior Tyler Grabner launched a free kick from 50 yards out that sophomore Tim Lutz squeaked past the keeper.
“That was a fabulous ball and Lutz got it in the end,” Radebaugh said.
But the strong Comet defense, anchored by sweeper Khan and stopper Johnson, along with wingbacks Liam Llorin, Shay Gregory and Gabe Miller, held the Raiders to just one shot on goal, by Will Jones, the rest of the way.
“Our defense has been playing well,” Catonsville coach Vic Vega said. “They are playing hard.”
Vega noted they have averaged 15 scoring opportunities, between throw-ins, passes and crosses, in the past three games, but he would like to see more notches on the scoreboard.
“The little things are holding us back on offense and we find ourselves playing more defense,” he said.
Catonsville: Goals-Hannah, Parrott; Assists-Parrott, Heaney
Loch Raven: Goals-Lutz; Assists-Grabner
Catonsville: Beck 1; Loch Raven: Hurley 4