In his first full varsity season, Severna Park sophomore midfielder Jared Fenton has provided the No. 4 Falcons with some quality minutes on the left flank, showing a knack to possess the ball and send timely crosses.
In the Anne Arundel County championship game yesterday against No. 10 Chesapeake, he did more than that.
The defense-first game needed a stellar individual effort on offense, and Fenton took care of it, scoring the game's only goal in the 55th minute as the Falcons successfully defended their county championship with a 1-0 victory at North County in Ferndale.
After winning a ball on the left side, Fenton beat a defender to gain space inside the penalty area and then unleashed a left-footed shot from 10 yards that found the lower right corner. It was his second goal of the season.
"I just remember getting the ball and then getting past the one defender. He tried to push me off, but I stayed on and I just hit it to the corner. It feels awesome right now," Fenton said.
The Falcons, who played a man down from the midway point of the first half after senior forward Geoffrey Saunders was issued a red card, improved to 12-1 this season in capturing the program's fourth county crown. The Cougars fall to 11-2-1, with both losses coming against the Falcons.
GIRLS: NO. 6 SOUTH RIVER 1, NO. 9 ARUNDEL 0: : Seahawks sophomore forward Kari Cunard proved opportunistic on offense with an early chance and the defense handled the rest to come away with a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats in the Anne Arundel County girls soccer championship at North County. Cunard collected an errant clear in front and scored from 10 yards, finding the right side in the game's fifth minute. It was the second county championship for South River, which improved to 12-1-2 this season. Arundel, the county runner-up for a second straight year, fell to 12-1-1 on the season. The teams played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie late in the regular season. Junior goalie Lyndse Hokanson, who finished with three saves, was quick to credit the play of her teammates in front of her. "I didn't have to do anything; my defense did it all," she said.
GIRLS: NO. 4 EASTERN TECH 1, NO. 14 LOCH RAVEN 0:: In a rematch of last year's Baltimore County championship game, Carly Ordak's first-half goal was the difference in the Mavericks' victory at CCBC-Essex. Eastern Tech now begins its quest for its second state crown since 2005 as the top seed in Class 2A North. Eastern Tech (11-1-1) has won four of the past six county championships and tied Loch Raven for the title in 2006. The teams, which tied, 0-0, during the regular season, traded chances in the first half. Ordak opened the scoring in the 25th minute when she knocked in a cross from Karly Knudsen from about 5 yards. Loch Raven (9-3-2), the third seed in 2A North, continued to press in the second half and had several chances to tie the score.
BOYS: PARKVILLE 3, TOWSON 1: : Each time Parkville's high-scoring forward Jimmy Nugent touched the ball in the Baltimore County championship game, he was surrounded by three and sometimes four Towson defenders who kept him at a safe distance from the goal. The Generals (8-3-1) took an early lead and then were able to contain Nugent for 64 minutes, but the senior finally found an opening and buried the game-winning goal in the Knights' victory at CCBC-Essex. Parkville (11-2) is the second seed in the Class 4A North playoffs.
GIRLS: NO. 2 FALLSTON 3, ELKTON 0: : Penelope Fantis scored twice to power the host Cougars (13-0) to the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship. Monica Fischer had two assists for Fallston.
BOYS: C. MILTON WRIGHT 2, PATTERSON MILL 0: : Midfielder Derrick Vogel scored a goal in each half to lift the host Mustangs over the Huskies in the UCBAC title game. Colin Rippen earned an assist and goalie Matthew McNeely made two saves in the shutout.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.