Eric Litras scored two goals and added an assist and a strong early-season schedule contributed to overall superiority, as C. Milton Wright opened its Harford County League schedule with a 4-1 road victory over previously undefeated North Harford (3-1-1) last night.
The charged-up visitors (2-2-2) won the game in the first five minutes, getting two of their four first-half goals in the span.
They applied early pressure, as Peter Troilo forced goalkeeper David Zorn to make a diving save in the first minute of play and it wasn't a minute later that Litras converted a corner kick from Tom Walsh into a goal.
"The ball came to me, I saw a lane and got the shot off," Litras said of the opening goal. Some four minutes later, from a scramble in the goal mouth, Litras got the ball to Chris Lebarron and it was quickly 2-0.
"When you give up an early goal like that, it's a back-breaker," North Harford coach Ed Zorn said. "It was as though the air went out of the balloon."
These are two good teams, but early-season scheduling was reflected in the final score. While Wright was playing -- and tying -- Centennial and Calvert Hall, the area's top two ranked teams, North Harford was tying Hereford and beating Aberdeen in a non-league game.
"Those games brought us closer together as a team and really boosted our confidence," Litras said.
And coach Paul Snyder added, "They helped big-time. At the half of the disappointing tie [0-0] with Calvert Hall I told the team that games like that should help prepare us for the level we want to reach."
As for North Harford, coach Zorn said, "They are good in the air and have a lot of speed. And the quality of our competition had not been as tough. This was the first really good team we'd played."
Except for a second-half blowout of Loyola, C. Milton Wright has been involved in ties or one-goal games.
"We've had tough games all year, and I think our kids know how to live in this environment," Snyder added.
Joe Davis and Litras boosted the score to 4-0 before halftime, and Chris Roberts, North Harford's offensive standout, got his team's goal in the waning minutes of the game.