Catonsville boys soccer earns county championship title defense

Two results had to happen this week for Catonsville High’s boys soccer team to win its division and earn a chance to defend its Baltimore County championship.

The Comets needed to beat Hereford on Oct. 15.

Eastern Tech needed to beat Sparrows Point on Oct 17.

Catonsville did exactly what they could control when Emmanuel Amihere scored off Cody Scott’s second assist in the second overtime, giving the Comets a 2-1 victory over the visiting Bulls.

Two days later, Eastern Tech defeated, Sparrows Point, 3-1, thus keeping the Pointers from tying the Comets for the top spot in Division I.

Catonsville (10-1-2) finished 6-0-1 in the division, while Sparrows Point was 5-1-1.

Catonsville will play Division II champion Perry Hall in the Baltimore County title game on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The time and site will be determined on Monday, Oct. 22.

Possible sites are Franklin High or the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex.

The only blemish on the Comets’ league record was a 0-0 tie with the Pointers.

Against Hereford, Catonsville’s standout senior striker Jose Moran returned, after missing a month with what they believed was a sprained ankle, but he only played briefly.

He later had x-rays and was ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured foot.

Dillon Hannah scored the Comets first goal against Hereford, but Emmanuel Amihere has been on a scoring tear lately.

In a 5-0 win over Parkville last week, Amihere and Scott each had a pair of goals, to go along with a goal from Ryan Nee.

The Comet shutdown defense of Ben Croom, Will Johnson, Drew Carlson, Tim English and goalie Kevin Sheppard continued to play well against Hereford, allowing only one goal — off a free kick.

“Hereford is pretty good so I was happy we only allowed one goal on a set piece,” Catonsville coach Vic Vega said. “On the field scoring, we shut them out.”

Catonsville defeated Frankln last year, 1-0, for the school’s first Baltimore county crown since 1988.

“We made history last year and they are ready to go back,” Vega said. “They set the bar high and they are ready to make history again.”

In the regular-season meeting with Perry Hall, Catonsville won 2-1, but lost Moran to injury.

He ended the season with seven goals, after scoring 16 goals and earning All-Metro and All-county honors in 2011.

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