Eight Catonsville players scored goals in the Comets’ 9-0 victory over Dundalk (4-5) in boys soccer action Thursday night.
Senior Dale Boring had a goal and two assists, MacKenzie Ali added two goals and Will Ford had two assists to lead the host Comets (7-2) to their fifth straight win.
“We had chances within the attacking third to find space and create space and everyone was locked in tonight with the mindset of shooting and finishing,” Catonsville coach Brendan Kennedy said.
Ben Stauffer, Jack Lowe, John Dugan, Jaylen Clark, Jack Eiswert and Ansouman Traore also scored for the Comets.
David Plumer added an assist.
Catonsville waited only 66 seconds to score the first goal of the game.
They scored off a corner kick from Boring that Ford fed back to Stauffer, and he delivered from 25 yards out.
The second goal was followed by another corner kick from Boring.
Ali tapped in a rebound after a shot was rejected by Dundalk goalie Abraham Zelaya.
“I just send them [corner kicks] in the middle and hope we get something out of it,” Boring said.
Boring assisted Ali on the third goal when his nifty lead pass allowed Ali to chip it over the goalie’s head for the third goal.
After Plumer assisted Lowe, Boring scored the longest goal of the night on a shot he bent into the back of the onion bag from 30 yards out.
“I saw the goalie off his line a little bit, so I just decided to take it, Boring said. “That’s what my coach a while ago told me. If you ever see the goalie off his line, just go for it and maybe you will hit it over his head.”
Boring, a four-year varsity player, assisted Dugan for the sixth goal of the first half with 11.6 seconds left until intermission.
“It really opened up there,” Kennedy said. “It was nice and they were sharing the ball and we were getting a lot of guys to log good minutes and get lots of scoring opportunities.”
Dundalk did not take a shot on goal in the first half, thanks to strong defense anchored by sweeper David Owens.
The Owls did have four shots on goal in the second half, but they were all saved by reserve goalie Kevin Alberg, who replaced starter Eli Miller.
“Defense has been one of our strongest parts,” Kennedy said.
Catonsville has allowed only five goals this season and its only setbacks were 1-0 losses to Dulaney and Mount Hebron.
The Comets have 1-0 victories over Towson and Oakland Mills and 2-1 wins over Patapsco, Perry Hall and Century, so the scoring explosion was a bonus for Kennedy.
“It’s a good surprise, a really good one, especially one to put in before we host Eastern Tech on Tuesday [Oct. 10],” Kennedy said.
Eastern Tech (7-1) is on a six-game winning streak.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” Boring said.
The Comets will continue to play without standout junior midfielder Ethan Clark, who has only seen limited action because of a hamstring injury.
“He might make it back toward the very, very end of the playoff run, but otherwise he’ll be out all year,” Kennedy said of the three-year varsity starter.
“He’s a big factor when he’s out,” Boring said. “We’ve king of jelled to it and I think we are doing better, not that we are doing better without him, but we are getting used to it.”