Harford County's best two boys soccer teams, C. Milton Wright and Bel Air, met on the turf at Bel Air Wednesday night with the lead in the UCBAC's Chesapeake Division up for grabs.
CMW (4-0, 7-0-2) scored a goal in each half and the Mustangs beat the Bobcats (3-1, 7-2), 2-0.
The two teams could see eachother again later in the month as the Class 3A North Region playoffs unfold.
Bel Air actually had a pair of early chances, but shots sailed high and wide.
CMW took advantage and opened the scoring just over 10 minutes in. Jayson Butler played a free kick into the box from 35 yards out.
The ball eluded Bel Air goalie Jake Fiacco and it made its way across the goal to Nick Dunston-Malese. Dunston-Malese calmly placed the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Butler started the goal opportunity, but it was his play in front of his own goal that helped the Mustangs to the win.
"First the goal, that set us up for the win really, that made us have the momentum and that just led us to the victory," Butler said.
It was Butler, who twice in the second half made saves to keep Bel Air from scoring. Butler kicked the ball away with 25:00 left in the game with his team ahead, 2-0.
Butler then headed another sure Bel Air goal away with just over eight minutes remaining to be played.
"The two saves I had at the end, that really saved us. If they went in, probably we would have lost."
CMW's second goal came just over eight minutes into the second half. Jake Crouse brought the ball from the right corner across the end line. Nearing the goal, Crouse played the ball back out front where Connor Appleby one-timed it into the goal.
Other than the balls Butler made the saves on, Bel Air's best scoring chance came early in the second half with Ethan Lassen getting off a decent shot from 12 yards out. Mustangs goalie Ryan Miller was there for one of his eight saves.
Fiacco also had eight saves for Bel Air and both teams had 12 shots each.
"I thought for the most part we played the way we wanted to play," CMW coach Bryan Tully said. "At times we didn't play as smart as we'd like to play. We thought the effort was great, but we wanted to try to keep from getting caught up in the emotions of a night game and stick to what works for us"
Cougars beat Hawks
Fallston (3-1, 6-3) blanked visiting North Harford (2-2, 4-6), 1-0, Wednesday afternoon in Chesapeake play.
Kyle Moody scored the game’s only goal on a penalty kick.
Warriors edge Mariners
Havre de Grace (2-3, 2-7) edged host Joppatowne (1-4, 2-8), 4-3, Wednesday in Susquehanna Division play.
Devon Martin scored two goals to lead the winners, while Ethan French and Zack Neary added a goal apiece
Tajhon Willis scored two goals for the Mariners and Zach Wagner scored once.
Havre de Grace goalie Aaron Toepfer made nine saves and Joppatowne keeper James Van Horn had 14 saves.
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