Baltimore club wins U-12 region title

Soccer

July 06, 2000|By Dave Ungrady | Dave Ungrady,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KINGSTON, R.I. - Moments after the Soccer Club of Baltimore Bays won the under-12 boys championship for the northeastern United States yesterday, Matt Beckman grabbed a Maryland flag and led teammates around the University of Rhode Island.

There was no better flag bearer after the Bays' 2-0 win over Connecticut's Oakwood Soccer Club for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's Region I championship. Beckman, who also hit the semifinal game-winner, scored both goals in the last 10 minutes.

The first, ripped into the upper-right corner, came in the 50th minute off a flick-on from Wade McHugh at the top of the box. He secured the win in the 57th minute, chipping a stolen ball just over the charging Oakwood goalkeeper's head from about 18 yards.

"Beckman was phenomenal, but our defense won for us today," said Bays coach Steve Nichols. "McHugh, Justin Lichfuss, C. J. Cover, and Brandon Fischer all hung in there until we got one. We hit the post three times in the first half. I thought it wasn't going to happen for us."

The U-12 Bays, the only one of five SCB teams in the regionals to win a title, outscored five opponents, 23-2.

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