Boys Soccer: Shutout leads Mavericks to first CCAL championship
By Joe Schiller
Carroll County Times|
Oct 16, 2018 at 10:00 PM
MANCHESTER — Last season, Manchester Valley captured a Class 3A West Region boys soccer title en route to a state semifinals berth.
But something was missing.
The Mavericks suffered their only county loss in the regular season at the hands of Liberty, the eventual Carroll County Athletic League champions.
MV coach Andrew Harrell wanted this year’s team to cement its mark in a different way.
“Our pregame talk [Tuesday] was about what legacy is this team going to leave,” he said. “The past is the past … Last year’s team was very close to doing it. This team is different — there’s a different mentality and that’s what we showed tonight.”
The Mavs got goals from Brayden Safley, Abram Castanzo, and Chase Estes within a five-minute period in the first half to secure a 3-0 win.
As the final whistle sounded, and Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions’ blared through the speakers, Man Valley’s accomplishment was complete — the Mavericks secured the program’s their first county championship.
“It’s huge, these boys deserve it,” Harrell said. “I told them pre-game that it’s been two months, I’ve been busting their tail day in and day out. They’ve put in the work and tonight is the payoff.”
Safley, a striker, raced into the box and found the back of the net for the opening goal about 10 minutes into the first half.