Scoring early and often Tuesday night, the C. Milton Wright boys soccer team rolled to an 7-1 win at Fallston in UCBAC Chesapeake Division play.
The Mustangs (4-0, 7-2) got on the scoreboard less than four minutes in and then with a three-goal spurt over a three-minute span near the midway point of the first half, had the game well in control.
Conner Appleby scored four goals and it was his first goal that broke the ice with 36:04 left in the first half.
Ryan Belfiore took control of a short goal kick by the Cougars (2-2-1, 5-7-1) and carried the ball to the left corner uncontested. Belfiore then drove toward the goal and sent the ball across the middle where a charging Appleby kicked it in.
12 minutes later it was Jayson Butler getting the nice feed from Belfiore. Belfiore (three assists) played the long ball from near midfield to Butler, who got behind the Cougars defense.
Butler made a move right and then pushed the shot back left past Fallston starting goalie Cason Donahue.
Belfiore then got his own goal after a scramble out front and Butler’s second goal capped the quick, three-goal run. Appleby stole the Cougars re-start pass and made a nifty pass to Butler for the goal and 4-0 lead.
Fallston ended the Mustangs scoring binge, but only briefly. After a foul in the box, Kyle Moody tallied the Cougars lone goal with a penalty kick.
The Mustangs then closed the half with another flurry. Appleby did the honors, scoring twice in 10 seconds.
Appleby’s second goal came with 4:01 to play in the half and off another Cougars re-start, Appleby stole the ball and scored again with 3:51 left give CMW a commanding 6-1 halftime lead.
“We just want to work as a team and as a whole, you kind of build a fire and you‘ve got guys that help you do that everywhere on the field,” Appleby said. “Before we started this game, it’s a big rivalry, we wanted to come out and we wanted to put the game away, so it comes from the team, not just myself, everybody on the field takes part in the game.”
There was only one goal scored in the second half and it was Appleby just 2:24 into the half.
Belfiore placed a perfect diagonal pass to Appleby, who nearly stopped for moment, figuring an offsides call was coming. The call never came and Appleby made a move around goalie Brad Richenderfer and easily placed his fourth goal into the net.
“There a tough team, up there in the state, had the right mindset going in though,” Richenderfer said. Richenderfer, the normal starter, came in as a back-up keeper. “We knew it was coming, we knew this a tough group of kids, we needed to be ready for them, unfortunately that’s not how it worked out.”
Richenderfer finished with 10 saves. Mustangs back-up keeper Matt Tritto had two saves.
The Mustangs defense kept the Cougars from finding few real chances. “As a team, we all defend. If we lose in the midfield our midfielder’s step and then if it gets through them, then it’s my job to then step,” center back Josh Witte said. “Not just mine, but my whole back line.” Joining on that back line are Jacob Spurlock, Ryan Lindsey and Nick Dunston-Maiese.
Bobcats beat Elks
Bel Air (2-1-1, 8-4-1) shut out visiting Elkton (0-5, 4-5), 3-0, in Chesapeake play.
Ethan Lassen scored a pair of goals and Emre Sipos added a goal and assist.
Huskies beat Eagles
Patterson Mill (4-1, 8-2) beat visiting Aberdeen (3-2, 6-4), 6-1, in Chesapeake play.
Joe Cicenia led the scoring with two goals, while Michal Gradus, Matt Funk, Ryan Greezicki and Christian Shertzer each scored one.
Assists were earned by Gradus, Isaac Rich, Andrew Pappageorgopoulos, Travis Karwatka, and Eric Neutzling.
Huskies keeper Zack Fenlock made four saves.
Rams edge Indians
Edgewood (3-2, 3-6) edged visiting North East (1-2, 3-4), 4-3, in a fiercely contested Susquehanna match.
Amiri Holder scored two goals and others with goals were Matt Oliver and Issac Blankson. Max Bonner logged two assists and Ryen Dean had one.
Rams goalie Zach Mateo made 10 saves.
Eagles beat Warriors
Havre de Grace (0-5, 0-9) remained winless with an 4-1 loss at Bo Manor (3-0 4-2) in Susquehanna play.
Ethan Parsley scored the lone Warriors goal. Warriors goalie Keegan Gruzs made 16 saves.
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