The C. Milton Wright Mustangs field hockey team won its first UCBAC Championship Wednesday night, shutting out Perryville, 2-0, at Edgewood High School.
The Mustangs (12-1), first-time champions of the Chesapeake Division, scored a goal early in each half to defeat the Susquehanna Division champion Panthers (9-4), 2-0. The Panthers were also Susquehanna champions in 2008.
"It's our first divisional title and our first UCBAC championship," Mustangs first year head coach Janice Rhodes said. "We're very, very excited. It's just a spectacular group of girls."
After a fast start by CMW in the opening minutes, it was Perryville that had a couple of real scoring chances turned away by the CMW defense and goalie Sydney Rhodes.
"We were expecting one strong player, but we saw many more strong players," defender Bethany Riley said.
Moments after that, Sabrina Rhodes tallied the game's first goal, drilling a waist-high shot into the back of the goal at 5:16 into the first half. Emily Jachelski assisted on the goal.
Some 10 minutes later, it was Perryville on the attack. Off a corner, defender Molly Crothers sent a hard ground shot that was kicked away and Julia Crothers followed with another hard ground shot that was also turned away off the foot pad of CMW goalie Sydney Rhodes.
The Mustangs put together a couple of other first half scoring chances, but Perryville's defense and goalie Britany Gibson were up to the challenge.
In the second half the Mustangs came out strong and, if not for a defensive save by Perryville defender Molly Crothers, the score might have been 2-0 in the opening two minutes.
The Mustangs, however, did get that second goal at 4:17 into the half. Jenny Eckert scored off a corner, with assist from Sabrina Rhodes.
"We were just aiming to work as a team today," Sabrina Rhodes said after the game. "We just really wanted to win today."
A second defensive save of the half by Perryville's Lindsey Poore kept the score at 2-0.
The Mustangs held a 13-9 advantage in shots and also had a 6-4 edge in corners.
CMW keeper Sydney Rhodes earned the shutout victory with five saves and Panthers goalie Britany Gibson finished with nine saves.
Cougars blank Tigers
Fallston (4-2, 6-6) ended its regular season Wednesday with a 3-0 Chesapeake victory at Rising Sun. The game was scoreless at the half.
Providing Fallston scoring were Marisa Perfetti with assist from Lindsay Summers, Hannah Sample and Dani McDiarmid.
Cougars goalie Sarah DiMaggio made two saves.
Bobcats close with win
Bel Air played its final regular season field hockey game Tuesday at Perry Hall, where the Bobcats posted a 1-0 win. The win not only closed the regular season on a winning note, but also pulled the Bobcats back to the .500 mark at 6-6.
Sara Teesdale scored the game's only goal in the first half, unassisted with 3:25 remaining.
Bel Air goalie Meghan Mingioni had six saves in the shutout win.
HCS loses to Elkton
Harford Christian played Elkton Tuesday and fell, 4-1. The Eagles lone goal was scored by Leah Edwards, assisted by Lily Tippett. HCS goalie Hayley Stephens had six saves.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun