The South Carroll boys soccer program has a lot going for it this year.
The Cavaliers have an experienced team with a winning tradition under veteran coach Tim Novotny. On Tuesday night, South Carroll kept its perfect record intact with a 5-1 victory over visiting Francis Scott Key in the county opener for both teams.
“The team has great chemistry,” said Novotny, who has had one losing season in 10 years. “We have playing quite a few years together. I have a lot of guys who are on their third or fourth year on the varsity. And a lot of these guys play on club teams together.”
Gavin Baker, Nico Lindsay, Aidan Sporer, Logan Baker and Stephen White had goals for the winners at Parker Field.
The Cavaliers (5-0) put the game away in the second half by scoring three times. South Carroll scored little more than a minute into the half.
Eagles’ sophomore goalie Nathan Perry made a diving save on Lindsay’s direct kick, but Gavin Baker, a junior midfielder, knocked the rebound past the keeper to the lower left corner.
“I felt that goal set the tone for the rest of the half,” Novotny said.
Soon after the Cavaliers’ goal, South Carroll goalie Mason Yeo made a nice save on Jakub Mihulka’s direct kick. It was the Eagles’ first shot on goal since the middle of the first half.
South Carroll finished its scoring late in the half.
Sporer found the back of the goal with 11:30 remaining and Kurt Seymour was credited with the assist. White’s fourth goal of the season was the final one for the Cavs.
“We are building a lot of confidence and momentum,” Yeo said.
South Carroll held a 22-4 advantage in shots, including 14-2 in the first half.
Lindsay got behind the FSK defense and scored on a right-footed shot to the left corner with 30 minutes remaining. Lindsay had another breakaway about a minute later, but Perry came rushing out and knocked the ball away from the forward could get a shot off.
Yeo kept it a scoreless game when he made a sprawling save to deflect the ball out of bounds on shot from Nicholas Haines.
With 20 minutes remaining, Lindsay had third breakaway of the half. Lindsay, however, shot the ball over the goal.
The Cavaliers continued to the pressure the Eagles. Nicholas Simoncini hit the post about three minutes later. Later in the half, South Carroll had three shots within a minute. Perry saved two of those attempts and one was a point-blank shot from Carter Chesney.
The Cavaliers went ahead 2-1 with 6:31 remaining. Logan Baker headed Simoncini’s crossing pass to the left corner.
“We are young and inexperienced on the back side,” said FSK coach Larry Haines, whose team dropped to 0-2. “We have to fix those little things that are hurting us right now.”
Goals: SC-Gavin Baker, Nico Lindsay, Aidan Sporer, Logan Baker, Stephen White; FSK-Brad Sensabaugh.
Assists: SC-Henry Ortiz, Nicholas Simoncini, Kurt Seymour, Logan Baker; FSK-none.
Saves: SC-3 (Mason Yeo); FSK-9 (Nathan Perry).
Halftime: SC, 2-1.