KINGSTON, R.I. - Matt Beckman had nothing to do with his Soccer Club of Baltimore 88 Bays team allowing a goal that tied the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I U-12 semifinal late yesterday. Still, he felt he had to do something about it.
Two minutes later and a couple of minutes from completion, Beckman scored the game-winner that sent the Bays into the U-12 boys final. The Bays beatWestern United of Massachusetts, 2-1.
Beckman started his run on the left flank and, by the time he dribbled into the left corner of the box with a defender on his left shoulder, he knew what he had to do.
"I was looking for the far post," said the striker from Dundalk. "When they scored, I got pumped up. I wanted to take it in my own hands."
Jonathan Ports of White Marsh scored the first oal for the Bays._ Beckman's rocket from about 15 yards and from just left of the goal glanced off the right post before it settled against the right-side netting.
Western United's only shot on goal resulted in its lone score, while the Bays had many scoring opportunities. "We missed a whole lot of chances," said Bays coach Steve Nichols. "We dominated ... Sometimes when we do that it takes away from our finishing."
The Bays had no problem finishing in preliminary action. They outscored their opponents, 19-2.
The Bays will play Oakwood SC of Connecticut in today's final.