Halftime adjustments bring title to E. Tech, 2-1

Two second-half goals get Mavericks past Perry Hall for Balto. County crown

Girls soccer

October 23, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With a second-half performance that featured sudden offense early and stern defense late, the No. 9 Eastern Tech girls soccer team was able to wrest away the Baltimore County title from two-time defending champion Perry Hall last night.

Goals from junior midfielder Britney Thomas and Katie McKay came two minutes apart early in the second half, which proved just enough as the visiting Mavericks' defense held off a late offensive burst from the Gators to come away with a 2-1 win.

"At halftime, we just talked about stepping up. In the first half, we thought we were just trying to stay with them, and what we asked for in the second half was to play above them," said Eastern Tech first-year coach Kim Williams, whose Mavericks improved to 13-2 on the season.

"This is overwhelming right now - I don't know if it's hit yet. It's just `wow!' "

Following halftime instructions from Williams, the Mavericks spent more time possessing the ball in the second half and were able to create more chances.

Thomas got it started in the 49th minute, beating a defender and then scoring from 20 yards out for a 1-0 lead.

The Mavericks then came right back to earn a corner kick in the 51st minute that had McKay heading home a ball sent in from Erika Stimmel for the eventual game-winner.

"I crashed in and saw it going over my head a little, so I backed up and got it. It was tough because I had to go over a defender about the same height. It was a great ball from Erika," said McKay. "Last year, they beat us, 1-0, and it was on our field so to beat them and do it on their field is great. It's awesome."

Thomas agreed.

"In the first half, we played more defensive and seemed too worried about them," she said. "To get the two goals [early in the second half] just got our confidence up and then we knew we had it."

Perry Hall (11-4) pressed throughout the final 20 minutes, getting one goal back on a perfectly placed penalty kick to the top left corner from senior Brittany McKew with 16:36 left. But the Mavericks defense, with senior keeper Katlin Hassell coming up with 13 saves, had answers for everything that came its way.

"You've got to give Eastern Tech all the credit - they executed, put on a burst and were able to get it done," Perry Hall coach Brad Kressman said.

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