C. Milton Wright bursts to Harford Co. title, 7-0

Mustangs score 3 times on Bel Air in 27 seconds

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 24, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The C. Milton Wright boys soccer team surprised many people last season with its run to the Class 4A state semifinals.

This season, its explosiveness surprises no one.

The No. 2-ranked Mustangs fired up their offense again last night, scoring five first-half goals, including three in a 27-second span, to rout visiting Bel Air, 7-0, in a Harford County league game.

Steve Slagle led the Mustangs with three goals. Jeff Kocher added two more goals.

The victory gives C.M. Wright (12-2, 7-0 league) an undefeated season in Harford County, and sole possession of the county championship. It also marks the first time in school history that the Mustangs have won the title outright.

"I think we expected to be here," said C. Milton Wright coach Brian Gunter. "We gained momentum throughout the season and just kept getting better."

Already leading 2-0, the Mustangs put on a show with just over 12 minutes left in the first half.

Kocher stole the ball from a defender about 40 yards from the goal, then fed teammate Slagle with a touch pass. Slagle beat his defender by a half step, and put the low into the right corner of the net to increase the lead to 3-0.

On the restart, senior Philip Kratochvil streaked past his defender and found Slagle alone again. His low rocket caught Bel Air goalkeeper Dale Thornton out of place, and increase the lead to 4-0 just 10 seconds later.

The Mustangs still weren't done. This time it was Kocher, who dribbled past his defender and blasted a shot past Thornton for a 5-0 lead only 17 seconds later. Bel Air fell to 4-9-1, 3-2-1.

C. Milton Wright added goals by Kratochvil and Slagle in the second half to round out the scoring.

"We get hot and we get cold, but we were on fire [late in first half]," Kocher said. "We started a little slow, but then we got the job done."

The Mustangs will receive a first-round bye in the regional playoffs, then face the winner of the Meade-Westminster game next week.

"This was one of our goals this year," Gunter said. "We got the county title, now we'll see if we can end the season with a `W.'"

One person who thinks the Mustangs have that potential is Dominic Rose, Bel Air's coach.

"That's a quality team, probably the best I've seem in Harford County in quite some time," Rose said. "No question, we got beaten by a better team tonight."

The Mustangs took their county title in stride, not displaying much emotion.

"We thought it would be tougher this season, and it was," Kocher said. "We just kept improving throughout the year, and now we're peaking at the right time."

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