As Aberdeen celebrates, county title race not over

Fallston-Wright winner could grab share of crown

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October 19, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

With Fallston and C. Milton Wright set to play Tuesday on the last day of the regular season, the Harford County boys soccer title picture is still unsettled.

But this much is clear.

Aberdeen has at least a share of its first boys soccer crown in 24 years. The Eagles team in 1979, which also won a state title, is believed to be the last Aberdeen team to win a county championship.

The Eagles clinched matters, thanks to a 3-0 week, which included a 2-1 win Monday over Fallston, the program's first victory over the Cougars in at least a decade, and a 3-0 victory over rival Edgewood on Thursday.

"We didn't talk about it a whole lot because we didn't want to jinx it, said Aberdeen coach Matt Roberts. "But judging by the reaction [on Thursday] - everybody was hugging each other and smiling - they know the importance of what they just did."

The Eagles (12-2, 6-1) can win the title outright if Fallston (9-4, 5-1) and C. Milton Wright (5-4-1, 5-1) tie.

If the game is not a tie, the winning team will share the county championship with Aberdeen.

"We've been hoping for a winning season all year," said junior Justin Bays, who had three goals and an assist this week, including the game-winner against Fallston. "We've been together for a long time and we know how to pull together and get things done."

Mustangs still confident

Sure, the C. Milton Wright field hockey team would like to have more to show from a solid regular season than an 8-5-1 record and a 6-1 league mark.

However, Mustangs coach Carla Harward said her team's confidence is still high after playing a rigorous nonconference schedule that included games with No. 4 Hereford, No. 8 St. Paul's, No. 9 Dulaney, Cecil County-power Elkton, along with league contests against top-ranked Fallston and a tough North Harford team.

"It does upset me," said Harward of her team's record. "We're a good team and we lost by a goal to all those ranked teams. But that's why we play those teams. That's the way you get better as a team."

The Mustangs certainly showed good form in a 2-1 regular-season ending win over North Harford on Wednesday as senior forward Katie McHugh scored the game-winning goal to help C. Milton Wright clinch second place in the league behind Fallston.

Rams roll on

When your volleyball team doesn't have a player taller than 5-foot-6, it had better play good defense.

And that's exactly what Edgewood has done en route to an 8-2 start, 7-0 in the league.

"Blocking and digging balls have been two of our strong points," said Rams coach Frank Medley, whose team has been buoyed by the play of Lateia Green, Lemaire Dargan, Rashida Maclin and Brandiss Taylor.

The Rams, who lost their first two matches and have since reeled off eight straight wins, are in a position to win a county championship with a victory on Tuesday over visiting C. Milton Wright, also undefeated in the county.

The county title came down to the same matchup last year, with the Mustangs prevailing in four games.

"Four of the girls played last year and they are looking forward to the rematch, Medley said. "We've been keeping tabs on them all year."

CMW, Fallston to face off

After a week that saw the top four girls soccer teams in the county go head-to-head, the league title race will conclude tomorrow.

C. Milton Wright (6-1-2, 6-0), which beat Bel Air and North Harford this week, plays host to Fallston (8-2-2, 5-0-1) tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Cougars are coming off a 2-2 tie to Bel Air.

If the Mustangs win or tie, they clinch the title outright. If the Cougars are victorious, they will take home their second county championship in three seasons.

Grid notes

Joppatowne senior tailback Brent Cash continued his torrid season with 150 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Mariners' victory over North Harford on Thursday. That raised his season total to 830 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Havre de Grace quarterback and kicker Shane West, who had a state-record 59-yard field goal last week, came up short on two 55-yard attempts against Bel Air on Thursday, but was successful on a 30-yarder and was 5-for-5 on extra points. ...

It was incorrectly reported in Saturday's editions that the two C. Milton Wright players, who were injured in the Mustangs' game against Aberdeen on Thursday, were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in different helicopters. Actually, the two players, who have since been released, were in the same helicopter.

Et cetera

The John Carroll girls volleyball team fell to St. Mary's in four games this week, breaking the Patriots' 30-match winning streak. ... C. Milton Wright volleyball also saw its unblemished record come to an end with a loss to the Institute of Notre Dame. ... With a 1-0 victory over Edgewood on Thursday, the Aberdeen girls soccer team improved to 8-6, its best regular season in 15 years. ... The Bel Air boys and the C. Milton Wright girls are the favorites in Thursday's county cross country championships at Tollgate Park.

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