Dave Selway of Bel Air scored three minutes and 58 seconds into the game, and his Bobcat teammates made that goal stand up in a 1-0 season-opening victory over host Poly on Friday.
Bel Air, which had never played Poly before, dominated the game.
The Bobcats outshot Poly, 25-7, including 17-4 in the second half, but only scored the single goal.
Selway nailed that goal with a little help from teammate Rob Smallwood. Selway took a throw-in from Smallwood and put a first-touch volley past Poly goalie Craig Maki (16 saves) from 10 yards out.
"The goalie was coming out, so I had to put it (past) him, too," said Selway. "I was really glad."
Afterthat, however, Bel Air could not score. The Bobcats had a number of chances but couldn't convert them to numbers on the scoreboard.
That didn't upset Bel Air coach Bill Jefferson.
"Usually in the first game, there are butterflies and this and that," said Jefferson. "I was pleased."
Jefferson did admit, however, that the Bobcats will have to do a better job of finishing in the future.
"We've got some drills down for Monday," he said with a smile.
One reason Bel Air could not finish was Poly's goalie, Maki. He made several big saves, especially in the second half, when he posted 10 and continually frustrated Bel Air.
"We had some outstanding play from him," said Poly coach John Baumann. "He's good."
Bel Air used its superior speed to beat Poly (0-2) to the ball mostof the game. This also helped create the scoring opportunities.
The Bobcats' best chances came in the second half. Anthony Pasko headed a corner kick toward the goal, but Maki made a spectacular save as he leaped and knocked it over thebar with his right hand.
Henry Rayner then had a few opportunities. He stole a back-pass and fired a shot. Again Maki stopped the shot.
Moments later, Rayner collared a loose ball in front and shot again, but this time it flew wide right.
A few minutes later, Selwayalmost scored his second goal. He took a pass at the top of the box,but his shot rolled wide right.
Rayner had the best chance of allwith about five minutes remaining. He sneaked behind Maki and had anopen goal in front of him, but headed a cross over the bar.
Poly had only two really good chances for scoring.
The first came in the waning moments of the first half when Tony Taomino grabbed a loose ball in the box and fired, but Bel Air goalie Ethan Jennings (five saves) dove right and smothered it.
In the second half, the Engineers' Jeff Goetz fired a bullet from about 30 yards out that was close, but it took off and flew over the bar.
"We came out as flat as a pancake," said Baumann.
"We let them beat us to the ball in the first half.