Sam Beck got a second chance, and this time he didn't miss.
Beck,who coached Mount Airy's under-14 A and B teams in the Carroll Countty Boys' Soccer League this season, lost one chance to win a post-season title two weekends ago when North Carroll eliminated his A squad in a semifinal game.
But his other team came through for him Saturday.
In the B division championship game, Mount Airy blanked Deer Park, 3-0, at Watkins Park in Mount Airy. Locked in a scoreless tie 20 minutes into the game, Beck moved Aaron Dorsey from midfield to striker, giving his team three forwards instead of its usual two.
"I just wanted to get another man up front to finish off some of our shots," Beck explained."The best defense is a good offense."
The youngster made Beck look like a guru by scoring two quick goals. Mark Ensor assisted on Dorsey's first goal and Ryan Wetzel on the second.
Nathan Hendrickson added a second half tally for Mount Airy, which had dropped two one-goal verdicts to undefeated and top-seeded Deer Park in the regular season. Beck said he was pleased with the performance of his A team, which won the regular-season 14-A crown but fell in the playoffs, and his underdog B squad, which snatched the post-season title away from top-ranked Deer Park.
"Both groups did real well this year," Beck said.
Deer Park, however, did no better in its under-10 A boys' championship game at East Middle School. There, the Freedom Blazers edged Deer Park, 2-1, in that title game Saturday.
Freedom got an early goal five minutes into the game when fullback Greg Bohle lofted a high shot from about 35 yards out that bounced into the net.
Then Pete Schaffer, who scored 30 goals this year, booted in another one just before halftime to put Freedom up, 2-0.
But Deer Park made it close in the second half.
Blazer goalkeeper Kevin Schreiner was called upon to make six saves after intermission as Deer Park rushed theBlazer end of the field.
"The defense was excellent, and we were able to keep them out of the net," an appreciative Freedom Coach Bernie Schreinersaid later. "We knew we were in for a good game against Deer Park and we got it."
East Middle was also the site of the boys' under-10 B showdown.
In that one, Westminster blanked South Carroll, 3-0.
Bill Daily booted home all three goals, and Kris Olenginski had an assist for Westminster, which had tied South Carroll in the teams' two regular-season meetings.
Many of the youngsters on the winning team had played on a Westminster entrant that struggled in the boys' league last year before the A and B divisions were created to separate the more seasoned players from the less-experienced.
But Westminster Coach John Glass now thinks his team may have the experience to move up.
"They have really advanced from day one," he said of his squad, which compiled a 9-1-2 regular season and playoff record.
"We'll probably move to the A next year," he added.
Freedom Coach Ed Dunham was also in a good mood after his fourth-seeded under-14 girls' team edged third-seeded Mount Airy Blue, 3-2, Saturday at Watkins Park.
Danielle Picker and Megan Dunham put Freedom ahead, 2-0, in the first half, and Lindsey Vosloh and Shannon Henley tiedit for Mount Airy after intermission.
But Freedom winger Carrie Zerhusen sent all her team's supporters home happy when she took a cross from Nicole Bengermino and booted in the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining.
Dunham credited defense for a surge that saw his team win six and tie once in its last seven games.
"I think we only allowed five goals in eight regular-season games, and (Saturday) was the first time this season anybody's scored two goals against us. Defense was our strength," Dunham said.
The Freedom Thunder, though, was not so lucky in its under-12 girls' league championshipagainst Linganore.
The Frederick County-based squad topped Freedom, 1-0, Saturday at Watkins. Freedom had won the regular-season titlewith a 7-0-1 record.
"They were a different team than they were the first time we played them (when Freedom won 5-3)," said Millie Schaefer, who coaches the Thunder with her husband, Rick.
"But I haveto pat Linganore on the back. It would have been great if we'd have been able to pull it off, but I can't be disappointed at what the girls have accomplished this year."