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Keeler's three goals lead Aberdeen past Joppatowne, 5-4, in boys soccer

The Aberdeen boys soccer team outlasted host Joppatowne Wednesday, 5-4, in a non-league game.

Numerous yellow cards and a yellow-red were issued to players on both teams, although none were red carded and lost for the next game.

Aberdeen (3-1) had a few scoring chances early, but offsides calls and missed shots kept the game scoreless.

Richmond Kemausor changed that nearly 15 minutes into the first half. Kemausor’s goal was followed several minutes later with another, but the goal was waved off as it was an indirect kick which needed to touch another player before going in. It didn’t.

The Aberdeen lead stayed 1-0 until late in the half. Aberdeen scored twice in the last 3:32.

Junior Jacob Keeler did the honors. Keeler, who missed opportunities early on, made a nice move from the right of the goal. Keeler then moved across the goal and with the outside of his right foot, lifted the ball up and into the far corner.

“I had a break down the line, one touch in,” Keeler said. “I mean I could have used my left to put it far post, saw the goalie was a little towards the right, so I just hit it with the outside of my right foot and put it top corner.”

It was Keeler again with just 31.4 seconds left in the half. Chris Morgan’s close shot caromed off the face of Joppatowne goalie James Van Horn. The ball landed at the foot of Keeler, who had the easy goal.

The lead grew to 4-0 early in the second half. Kieran Shanahan pushed the shot past Van Horn with an assist from Keeler.

The Mariners finally got on the scoreboard midway through the second half. Tajhon Wilis blasted a direct kick into the net from just outside the 18-yard box.

Less than three minutes later, Willis added a penalty kick goal. The kick was awarded when Aberdeen goalie Carlos Alvarez threw the ball into the back of Joppatowne’s Andrew Harney.

The goal had the Mariners to within two, 4-2, but Keeler answered back with his third goal just 16 seconds after the Willis PK.

Willis added another penalty kick a bit later and with 2:46 left, Stephanos Mulder-Stoupakis scored with an assist from brother Sotirios Mulder-Stoupakis.

Down by just a goal, Joppatowne tried to push forward for the tying goal, but Aberdeen players alertly kept the ball away and kicked it out of bounds.

“The game got pretty physical and I was happy because normally our kids lose control and they didn’t this time, they kept their head,” Mariners coach Scott Sands said. “We’re used to Aberdeen beating us 6-2, 7-2, 8-1. This year they fought back, 5-4.”

Aberdeen goalie Alvarez finished with 10 saves. Teammate Chad Shetterly made one diving save when Alvarez was out with the yellow card.

Joppatowne goalie Van Horn finished with eight saves.

Cobras win in OT

Harford Tech earned an 1-0 overtime victory over visiting Elkton on Wednesday.

Tech controlled play for the majority of the game and had several scoring opportunities that never found the back of the net.

Six minutes into the overtime period, Cole Falkenstine netted his second goal of the season for the win.

Ronin Bangs fed Falkenstine on the right side of the box and the ball was finished for the win.

With the help of some solid defending from sweeper Kenni Cargo, goalkeeper John Paneck notched his first shutout of the year.

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