Tuesday’s boys soccer match up, pitting C. Milton Wright at Aberdeen, was a battle for the lead in the UCBAC’s Chesapeake Division.
Both teams came into the game with 2-0 division marks and both were 5-2 overall. Aberdeen had a really good chance to score early, but they didn’t and CMW reeled off four straight goals en route to a 4-1 win.
"They were 2-0 in the conference and I give them credit, they played a stronger schedule coming into us out of county than I’ve seen historically,” CMW coach Brian Tully said. “So, I didn’t think we were going to surprise them.”
The real surprise came within the first 90 seconds with Aberdeen taking advantage of a defensive mixup by the Mustangs.
Aberdeen sophomore forward Eugen Dunca found himself close and one-on-one with Mustangs goalie Zach Hetrick. Dunca took the shot and Hetrick made a nice save.
Minutes later, senior captain Jacob Keeler also had a wide open shot at the CMW goal, but his shot was pushed wide.
CMW, however, did not miss on its first real chance. Eddie Arrison, a senior midfielder, placed a corner kick to the head of junior middie Ethan Dolezal. The lanky Dolezal jumped and headed the ball into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
“It was a corner, he crossed it in and luckily I was there for the back post header,” Dolezal said. "It’s a set play.”
Aberdeen had another good shot a short time later from Richmond Kemausuor, but his shot was pushed away by the diving CMW goalie Hetrick.
Then 10 minutes after CMW’s Conner Appleby saw his shot sail just wide, Dolezal added his second goal with 5:28 left in the half.
Dolezal settled the ball in the middle of the field some 30 yards out. He then drilled a high shot into the upper right corner of the goal, beating Aberdeen goalie Carlos Alvarez (13 saves).
“It was open in the middle, a guy played it to me and I just took the shot and luckily it went in,” Dolezal said.
The Mustangs, who led 2-0 at the half, added to the lead just over 10 minutes into the second half. Appleby did the honors after several minutes of the Mustangs working the ball.
Keeler looked as though he might get Aberdeen on the scoreboard, but he dribbled a little too far out in front on a slight breakaway and Hetrick (four saves) scooped up the ball without a Keeler shot.
Midway through the final half, Ryan Belfiore closed out the CMW scoring with a nice shot. From 22 yards out, Belfiore settled the ball, looked up as if he might pass it and then fired a shot inside the far post.
Keeler did finally get a goal to break up the shutout. The goal came with 2:08 left to play with CMW having subbed its entire lineup starting with 20 minutes left to play.
Keeler, happy to score, realized what the early misses meant. “I feel like the dynamic of the game really would have changed,” he said. “I feel like if we got that tying goal early, or didn’t give up the corner on marking, I feel like it would have changed the dynamic and would have given us more chances and our will to fight and spirit would have been higher."
Huskies beat Elks
Patterson Mill (3-1, 7-2) won its seventh straight Tuesday, beating visiting Elkton (0-3, 3-3), 7-1, in Chesapeake play.
The Huskies were led by Andrew Papageorgopoulos, who had two goals and two assists. Michal Gradus also scored twice and Joe Cicenia had a goal and assist.
Isaac Rich and Christian Shertzer added a goal apiece, while Ethan Shultz recorded two assists and Matt Funk had one.
Huskies goalie goalie Ian Sauer made four saves in the win.
Rams beat Panthers
Edgewood (1-2, 1-6-1) won its first game Tuesday, knocking off visiting Perryville (0-3, 1-6), 4-1, in Susquehanna Division play.
Neo Gordon and Ryen Dean took care of the scoring with two goals apiece. Assists credited to Max Bonner and Dean.
Ethan Crouse tallied the Perryville goal.
Havre de Grace (0-3, 0-7) lost at Rising Sun (2-0, 3-2), 8-1, in Susquehanna play Tuesday.
Morgan Sherman scored the lone Havre de Grace goal.
Linton Mercer and Micah Thomas led the Tigers scoring with two goals each.
Warrior goalie Keegan Gruzs had 21 saves on a busy afternoon. Tigers keeper Austin Jacob had eight saves.
Cougars beat Hawks
Fallston (1-0-1, 3-3-1) beat visiting North Harford (0-3, 6-3), 5-1, in Chesapeake play.
Chase Adamiak led with two goals, while Will Mayo and Drew Menges added a goal each and North Harford had an own goal.
Brad Richenderfer made four saves in goals for the Cougars. Preston Wenger came on to make a save and allow the Hawks lone goal.
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