The temperatures here high and the Soccer Club of Baltimore boys were hot, winning four Maryland Cups yesterday at Essex Community College.
All state boys' and girls' champions in age groups from under-12 to under-20, plus runners-up in the girls under-17 and under-18 divisions, advanced to the United States Youth Soccer Region I tournament July 2-5 in Erie, Pa. Regional titlists in under-16 to under-20 age groups go to the national championships July 30-Aug. 2 in Phoenix.
Cam Letke's goal in the 86th minute gave the Baltimore Stars their third straight Cup with a 2-1 decision over the Bethesda Strikers in the under-18 final, the day's last match.
Six minutes after allowing Bethesda to even the score, Brandon Thomson carried along the left end line. Tightly marked by a defender, Thomson managed to slide a pass to Letke.
"We've had a habit of slacking off after we get a goal," said Letke, a student at Calvert Hall. "It happened to us in the semifinals and again today. This is our last game as the total Stars. We're all going to college and this was a big year for us to win the state."
Thomson, a freshman at UMBC, also assisted the first goal, setting up Brian Powell's early tally. The Strikers tied in the 80th minute when Dave Groff's 25-yard shot redirected off a defender into the net.
In the under-17 championship, the first-year Baltimore Suns used a goal by Justin Januszkiewicz (Loyola High) 10 minutes into the first of two mandatory 15-minute overtimes for a 2-1 decision over the Bethesda Alliance.
"It was chip from about 25 yards out," Januszkiewicz said. "I saw an opening in the defense and I didn't see the goalie, so I thought he was off his line. The ball was deflected. It came out between two defenders and I just chipped it into the goal."
In the under-14 championship, Matthew Boros and Jonathan Newton each found net once to power the Baltimore Bays to a 2-0 triumph over the Severna Park Raiders.
The under-13 Baltimore Young Guns also came from behind with four second-half goals in the last 15 minutes to overwhelm S.A. Columbia United Premier, 4-1. David Pusinsky had two goals and Gary Cover and David Feazell one each in the rally, which apparently was sparked when Young Guns defender Sam Nicolette was hurt 15 minutes after intermission.
"In the first half, we were pretty much dominated by Columbia," Baltimore coach Frank Slowikowski said. "In the second half, the heat was really getting to our players, One of our players broke his wrist. His last request was to win the state championship. I came back to the kids and told them that and from that point on, we completely dominated."
In the under-18 girls final, Erin Coppedge had two goals and Melissa Mueller, Kelley Schneider and Bridget White one apiece as the S.A. Columbia Magic easily defended state title with a 5-0 rout of Columbia S.C. Majestic, a team it beat, 1-0, in last year's under-17 title match.
Pub Date: 6/01/98