Boys Soccer: Carroll Christian trying to peak come playoff time

Carroll Christian is gearing up for next week's Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic Conference tournament, and the Patriots appear to be the heavy favorite to win.

Their offense was on display Tuesday against visiting Frederick Christian, and Carroll ran away with a 6-0 victory. The win kept the Pats unbeaten in MACSAC play, and earned them the top seed in the upcoming playoffs.


If they claim their fifth championship, and second in three years, the Patriots will likely credit their high-powered offense for getting them there.

"It has been a balanced attack," said Matthew Reisberg, who shares coaching duties with Josh Belcher. "It's nice, talent everywhere. It's a good problem to have."

Junior Steven Thompson, who is in his first year at Carroll Christian, had three goals Tuesday while Jeremy Goodwin, another junior, added three assists with one goal.

Carroll (10-3-1, 6-0 MACSAC) has outscored its conference competition 36-7 this fall.

Thompson netted all three of his goals in the first half, which gave Reisberg and Belcher the chance to play much of their 25-man roster.

Sophomore Noah Lawrence and freshman Noah Reynolds each scored goals in the second half to pad Carroll's lead and keep its momentum going — the Patriots opened the season 2-2-1 but have won eight of nine since then.

But, like any competitive unit, Thompson said the Pats have plenty of things to figure out if they want to take down a MACSAC title.

"I feel pretty confident, we just have to work on little tiny things," Thompson said.

He was referring to crisper passes, sharper runs toward the goal, and staying calm during pressure situations.

Carroll did all of those well against Frederick, once the coaches saw enough out of their players to approve of the performance. The Patriots last played Oct. 3 before their home game Tuesday, and even the regulars didn't see a lot of playing time.

Thompson helped shake some of the rust by scoring his hat trick within the first 15 minutes, which allowed Carroll Christian to settle in and work on those things Thompson talked about.

Speed is another trait the Patriots possess, and Thompson seems to lead that category. He broke free to Frederick Christian's defense several times Tuesday — each of his goals were helped by bursts of speed along the sideline — and had the ability to stop at times and look up for an open player, or pass back to a defender and set up another opportunity.

Reisberg called Thompson "a finisher." Goodwin is glad to just call him a teammate.

"It's really good knowing that I can send him a ball, he can send me a ball, and we can work together," Goodwin said. "I can use his speed to my advantage, and he can use my talents to his advantage. It's good to able to have something like that."


Carroll's closest conference game came against rival Harford Christian back on Sept. 16. The Patriots won 3-2.

Harford is the reigning MACSAC tourney champs, with five championships in the past seven seasons.

The playoffs begin next Tuesday, with the higher seed hosting the first round and semifinals. Harford hosts the finals, which are set for Oct. 22.

"We didn't play our honest best today, but I think it was a very good game to start off with to head into practices," Thompson said. "We need to start making serious 100 percent practice, and then that's going to lead up to the playoffs."

Goals: CC-Steven Thompson 3, Jeremy Goodwin, Noah Reynolds, Noah Lawrence.

Assists: CC-Goodwin 3, Ryan Whittington.

Saves: FC-6; CC-6 (Jonathan Bernatowicz 4, Christian Wooden 1, Sean Goldsmith 1).

Halftime: CC, 3-0.