GLYNDON — The Eldersburg-based Freedom Strikers, Carroll County Soccer League's under-12 boys champions, advanced to the finals of the Keith Van Eron Baltimore Metro Classic Tournament with six consecutive tournamentwins.
The Strikers reached the finals with a 3-2 double-overtime win against Baltimore County league champion, Carroll Manor.
The win left the Strikers as the only unbeaten team remaining in the double-elimination tournament which featured 50 teams in the under-12 division. They will face Carroll Manor again in the championshipround at 8 p.m. tonight at Utz Field, Patterson Park in Baltimore.
The Strikers can wrap the title up tonight with a win. Should Carroll Manor win, the two will face each other again on Monday for the championship.
"The two teams match up very well. It should be an exciting game," Freedom coach Mike Roy said.
In their previous match,Brad Centineo scored the winning goal four minutes into overtime.
The Strikers have been led offensively by Doug McCurdy, who has eight goals in the six matches. Goalie Mike Amoss has allowed only three goals throughout the tournament.
COUNTY TEAMS PLACE 3RD
GLYNDON -- Two third-place finishes was the best eight Carroll teams could muster at last weekend's Sacred Heart Invitational Girls' Soccer Tournament at Sacred Heart School in this Baltimore County community.
The Freedom Thunder compiled a 2-0-1 record in the eight-team under-12 bracket, but it still failed to qualify for the championship game because two other teams had better statistics in severaltie-breaking categories.
The third-place Thunder tied under-12 tourney champ St. John's School of Fallston, Harford County, 2-2 in their bracket game.
Mount Airy, meanwhile, went 2-1 to finish in third of eight teams in its under-14 bracket.