Aberdeen boys top No. 13 Fallston, forge four-way tie atop Harford Co.

Soccer

High Schools

October 14, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

History told Aberdeen that it didn't stand much of a chance against No. 13 Fallston yesterday, but then again, this hasn't exactly been a typical boys soccer season for the Eagles.

And it just got all the more surprising.

Eagles junior Justin Bays scored twice, including the game-winner with about six minutes to play as the Eagles upset the host Cougars, 2-1, dealing Fallston its first Harford County loss and creating a four-way tie atop county standings among the Cougars, the Eagles, C. Milton Wright and Bel Air.

Nobody was sure when was the last time Aberdeen beat Fallston, but Eagles ninth-year coach Matt Roberts knows he's never beaten the Cougars (8-4, 4-1).

The Eagles (10-2, 4-1) do know that they now control their own destiny, and wins over Joppatowne today and Edgewood on Thursday would clinch at least a share of the Harford County crown.

Leading 1-0 after Bays volleyed in John Hewitt's long throw-in, Aberdeen retreated to a defensive posture, and that looked costly when Cougars junior midfielder C.J. Cover finished Evan Minarik's cross goal pass with about 15 minutes to play.

But the Eagles persevered and were rewarded when forward Henry Campbell beat a Fallston defender near the end line and slotted a beautiful crossing ball to the onrushing Bays, who tapped it into the open side of David Bowser's goal.

"We were pretty confident that we were going to win," Bays said.

Girls

No. 14 C. Milton Wright 2, Bel Air 1: Junior forward Christine Nicewonger assisted Kadie Stamper on the tying goal and then scored the game-winner with 23:36 to play as the visiting Mustangs beat the Bobcats at Al Cesky Field.

With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 8-2 overall, 5-0 in Harford County, where they are tied with Fallston for the top spot. Winners of four of the past five county titles, Bel Air fell to 7-3 overall, 4-1 in the county and is tied with North Harford for second place.

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