Wright boys reach final with 2-0 victory over La Plata

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November 13, 1994|By Mike Jefferson | Mike Jefferson,Special to The Sun

ROCKVILLE -- The 13th-ranked C. Milton Wright Mustangs shut down La Plata, 2-0, last night at Magruder High School to advance to the state Class 3A championships for the first time since 1987.

The team will face either Centennial or Whitman for the 3A title next weekend.

Against La Plata, the Mustangs (12-1-4) worked the ball outside in the early going, hoping to capitalize on a potentially weak outside defense.

That wasn't exactly the case against La Plata (15-1) of Charles County, champions of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.

The teams battled evenly until the 17:34 mark of the first half, when Steve Milano scored on a loose ball in front of the goal to give C. Milton Wright a 1-0 lead.

The play was set up by a direct kick from the right side, and after a scramble in front of the goal, Milano charged in for the score.

Afterward, C. Milton Wright coach Paul Snyder watched his defense take over.

Each time La Plata took control in the middle of the field and distributed wide, one of the hustling Mustang defenders was there for the clear.

More times than not, that player was 6-foot-3 sweeper Matt Youngerman.

"I think he's as good of a deep back as we've had here in a long time, one of the best I've ever seen," said Snyder.

"When he's one-on-one with another player, I feel confident that nothing is going to happen."

La Plata coach Pete Mahon and assistant Chris Butler concurred, saying that the Mustangs defense was "like a brick wall."

The second half was much of the same story. La Plata came out strong, but could get nothing going.

At the 9:20 mark, moving on a fast break, Joe Davis was dragged down and C. Milton Wright was awarded a penalty kick.

Junior Matt McFarlane glided a low, hard shot past La Plata keeper Kevin Wedding to make it 2-0.

Defense was the cornerstone of the Mustangs' playoff drive.

In victories over Randallstown, Kenwood, Bel Air and Franklin, the defense gave up only two goals.

"[C. Milton Wright] played an exceptionally great defensive game," said Mahon. "They're one of the best teams in the area that we have faced and when we wanted to go over them, we just couldn't.

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