Nine Harford County boys soccer teams opened in region playoff action Wednesday and five teams won, to advance onto Friday’s next round.
In the win column were Patterson Mill, Fallston, Harford Tech, Bel Air and C. Milton Wright. North Harford earned a first round bye and will also play Friday.
Class 2A East
Fallston (7-6) advanced in Region I with an 3-1 win at Rising Sun. The Cougars scored three unanswered second half goals.
The Cougars, who beat the Tigers, 2-0, just last week, fell behind early. Rising Sun’s Micah Young sent a shot high, toward the goal and Cougars keeper Cason Donahue. The shot, into a steady breeze, appeared too, high, but that breeze knocked the ball down and into the goal just two minutes in.
“I tell the guys almost every match, it’s going to take more than one goal to go,” Cougars coach Christopher Hoover said. “Keep your composure, I like to show them that as well on the sideline, but really, we have great senior leadership and very skilled younger players and they know that it’s a long match and that were gonna get our opportunities.”
Maybe the best of those opportunities in the first half came with five minutes to play. Senior Ryan Ward got a flick header on goal, but the ball hit the left pipe and bounced away.
The opportunities changed in the second half and the Cougars made the most of them.
Just two minutes into the second half the Cougars drew even. Brendon Mudd played a long ball into the wind where Christo Hondrogiannis battled for possession with a Tiger defender. Hondrogiannis won the battle and headed for the Tigers goal.
Rising Sun goalie Austin Jacob came off his line and tried to stop the charge, but Hondrogiannis got to the ball first and sent a low shot past the keeper and into the goal.
A few minutes later, Will Mayo’s bid to put the Cougars ahead sailed just wide. It was another couple of minutes later, however, that another chance arose and the Cougars cashed in.