A week ago, C. Milton Wright's boys soccer team was unranked and unheralded. There have not been any new rankings, but the Mustangs certainly have drawn attention to themselves after three games.
All coach Paul Snyder's club has done in that span is play No. 1 Calvert Hall to a scoreless tie, rout Mount St. Joseph, 7-1, and yesterday battle to a 2-2 tie with No. 2 Centennial, the defending state Class 3A champion.
Joe Davis gave the Mustangs the edge on the scoreboard twice, as his goals provided a first-half margin of 1-0 and a 2-1 lead halfway through the second half. Brian West tied it for the host Eagles on a breakaway with 10 minutes left in regulation.
Each side had its scoring opportunities during the two 10-minute overtime segments, but the goalkeepers thwarted the efforts.
It was a particularly gutty performance by Wright's Tim Hilyard, who took a knee to the head in a goal-mouth scramble in the closing minutes of the first half.
The sophomore sensation, who had 17 saves against Calvert Hall, sat out the rest of the half, then played the rest of the way, ending with 11 saves.
Brock Yetso, an Olympic Development player, had started in goal two years ago, missed last year, and is now back for a senior season. He was caught out of position a couple of times, but had two point-blank stops in the second overtime among his 16 saves.
"For the second time, I thought our kids rose to the challenge," said C. Milton Wright coach Paul Snyder. "Both Calvert Hall and Centennial are more talented, but these were times when the whole was better than the parts."
The Mustangs don't have an individual star -- given a striker with West's skills, they might have had a couple more goals -- but they get it done with team play.
"We get it done, from preparation to, through and after the game, from our seniors and captains. They are incredible leaders," Snyder said.
The visitors started six seniors (including such workhorses as back David Blades and midfielders Tom Walsh and Brian Gunter), two juniors and three sophomores.