Eastern Tech showed No. 12 Franklin yesterday why it has been the fastest rising team in Baltimore County girls soccer this season. Then, the Indians showed why they have never lost to Eastern.
The host Indians rallied from one goal down to edge the Mavericks, 3-2, when Brandi Sproul headed in her sister Lindsay Sproul's restart from about 20 yards in the 61st minute. The Sproul sisters accounted for all of the Indians scoring. Brandi had two goals and an assist. Lindsay had a goal and an assist.
Early in the Baltimore County Division I contest, however, the Mavericks asserted themselves, outshooting the Indians 11-5 in the first half. They had proven they could contend with some of the county's other top teams, falling to Loch Raven, 4-3 in overtime, and beating Parkville and Dulaney.
"I didn't even remember them from last year," said Indians goalie Candice Doten, who finished with 14 saves. "We heard what they had done, but they still took everyone by surprise. They're a good team."
Still, the Indians scored first on a Sproul sisters combination when Lindsay headed in Brandi's corner kick in the 20th minute.
The Mavericks (7-2, 5-2) came back quickly, tying the score in the 29th minute. Stephanie Gutowski sent a perfect cross for Laura Shearer to boot past Doten.
Nine minutes after the half, Gutowski completed a similar play, converting a cross from Jaime Stimmel from the left for a 2-1 Mavericks lead.
After that, the Indians (6-0-4, 5-0-1) picked up their game, winning more loose balls.
Brandi Sproul tied the game on a corner kick in the 69th minute and then headed in the game-winner eight minutes later.
The Mavericks, had a strong defensive effort, led by Stimmel, Beth Thomas and goalie Shannon Markel, with eight saves.