The C. Milton Wright girls soccer team has won two straight Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championships with a consistent formula: a stingy and united defense to go with and aggressive and opportunistic offense.
The pattern has remained the same this season for the No. 8 Mustangs, and it was once again evident Thursday at Bel Air, where they scored two second-half goals to pull away from the No. 15 Bobcats for a 2-0 win.
The win clinches the league’s Chesapeake division for Wright, which went a perfect 6-0 in league play without surrendering a goal. The Mustangs, now 10-3 overall, will defend their league crown against Susquehanna division champion Rising Sun at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Bel Air.
After a scoreless first half, the Mustangs showed urgency coming out for the second half, getting an early goal from junior forward Sarah Piazza off a corner kick five minutes in. With 17 minutes left, fellow junior forward Megan Frailer beat a defender and cranked a left-footed shot from 15 yards that found the top near post from the right side to make it 2-0.
“We knew we had the wind in our face in the first half and we still had some chances, but we weren’t finishing like we have been," C. Milton Wright Paul Austin said. "So I just told them to keep plugging away. It has a lot to do with energy and effort, so I thought if we just stayed with it, good things would happen and they did.”
Despite the setback, Bel Air coach Josh Clemmer was particularly pleased with the collective effort he got from his defense. The Bobcats, who needed double overtime to defeat Harford Tech on Wednesday, ended their regular season 10-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in league play.
No. 8 C. Milton Wright 2, No. 15 Bel Air 0
Goals: CMW – Piazza, Frailer.
Assists: C MW– Smucker.
Saves: BA – Rosenberger 6; CMW – Venanzi 2.