Fallston clogs midfield, gets by Wright, 2-0

Cougars win 11th straight on goals 2 minutes apart

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 15, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Fallston got back eight starters from last season's Harford County co-championship boys soccer team, and the No. 7-ranked Cougars expected to do well this season.

So far, they're probably exceeding expectations.

Yesterday at C. Milton Wright, the Cougars' midfield dominated, as it has all season, and after 65 minutes finally broke down a determined Mustangs defense for a 2-0 victory.

Fallston improved to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the Chesapeake Division of the first-year Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, which includes teams from Harford and Cecil counties. No. 15 C. Milton Wright suffered its first league loss and fell to 8-3-1 and 3-1.

Most remarkable for Fallston has been its defense, which has allowed just one goal. That was scored Tuesday by Bel Air against Fallston's substitutes.

The Cougars play a 3-4-3 formation, the starting defenders being Bryan Walker, Danny Brown and Jordan Bukovsky.

"Our defense has been three clones of Superman," said Evan Minarik, who, in the 67th minute, scored Fallston's second goal. "And we have a great keeper [Andrew Tress] to back it up."

Fallston, which finished with 20 shots, allowed the Mustangs only six all afternoon, just one in the first half. The Cougars have scored 37 goals, at least two in every game but one.

Minarik leads that offense with 11 goals. He ran onto a perfect, long, diagonal pass from Bukovsky, outran two defenders and beat Mustangs goalkeeper Nick Alexander (14 saves) at the 6-yard line with a kick to the far post under the goalkeeper's right hand.

"He backed up," said Minarik.

Center midfielder Brandon Fischer, a three-year starter, scored the first goal in the 65th minute on a 30-yard shot after winning a loose ball. It was his third goal this season.

"We knew if we won the midfield we would control the game," said Fischer. "And we've been doing that all season."

Fallston has three regular-season games left, including league games against Elkton and North Harford. The Cougars lost in the regional semifinals to Towson last season.

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