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Late goal lifts Dulaney to boys soccer county title over Catonsville

Dulaney senior, Jake Carder, left, shown in action against Towson in the final regular season game, was part of a defense that blanked Catonsville 1-0 in the Baltimore County championship game Wednesday night.
Dulaney senior, Jake Carder, left, shown in action against Towson in the final regular season game, was part of a defense that blanked Catonsville 1-0 in the Baltimore County championship game Wednesday night. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda)

With just under eight minutes remaining in regulation of the Baltimore County boys soccer county championship game, Dulaney senior Andres Arbelaez drilled home a rebound goal to give the Lions 1-0 win over Catonsville at Franklin High Wednesday night.

It was the second shot on goal for the No. 9 Lions in the second half.

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The first came seconds earlier, when Brian Kochesfahani drilled a low liner that was saved by Catonsville goalie Eric Sheppard, but ricocheted to Arbelaez.

"I was just in the right place at the right time and I'm just so glad I put it in," said Arbelaez, who also scored the game-tying goal in the Lions' 3-2 overtime win over Perry Hall. "I would say this is the biggest goal."

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The goal rewarded an outstanding defensive effort by Dulaney goalie Dominic Dachille and defenders Shane Grogan, Jake Carder, Trevor Shane and Henry Harsel.

"We were under pressure the second half," Dulaney coach Jerry Tana said. "Usually our team is a dominating team, but I've got to give Catonsville credit. They came out with a great game plan and put us under a lot of pressure."

Dachille deflected a rocket from way out by Catonsville sophomore Matt Rehder just before the midway mark of the second half.

"He made a couple saves that were off the charts," Tana said. "The ball that was struck out here from the 25-yard line by that boy (Rehder), that is usually a goal at this level and our guy went up and got it."

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The Comets also had a free kick from Liam Llorin that led to a shot off the post by Jake Parrott with 18:30 remaining.

Six minutes later, Danny Kim's restart just outside the box led to a shot on goal by Drew Meyers that was saved by Dachille.

"We had our chances and they finished their one chance," Catonsville coach Chris Hastings said.

The loss ended the Catonsville (11-3) win streak at 11 with both of its county losses coming to Dulaney.

Dulaney handed the Comets their last loss a 2-1 decision on Sept. 13.

Dulaney (13-1-1) extended its streak of non losses to 14 games.

They had won 12 in a row before they tied Towson on Oct. 21.

"Our last loss was Sept. 6," said Tana, citing the loss to C. Milton Wright. "It's amazing. They are a bunch of winners."

In the first half, Catonsville's best scoring opportunity came two minutes into the game when Kim's header after a corner kick sailed high.

Dulaney answered with a long free kick by Arbelaez that just drifted high.

The Comets outshot the Lions 5-4 in the first 40 minutes, but the only two shots on goal came from Dulaney's Cameron Carter and Henry Harsel, but both were saved by Sheppard.

The one that wasn't stopped in the second half was the perfect gift for Tana who is retiring after 12 years with the program and the last seven as head coach.

"I told them I've never coached a more spirited team in my life and not only talented, but they have a will to win," he said.

"This is a good way for me to go out."

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