C.M. Wright tops Bel Air, will play for UCBAC title

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Greta Houlihan helped visiting C. Milton Wright break out of a recent mini-slump and land in its conference championship game.

Houlihan scored early in the second half and assisted on Julia Brown's late goal to help No. 6 C.M. Wright pull out a 2-0 victory over Bel Air in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game last night. The Mustangs now have a spot in next Wednesday's UCBAC championship game, where they'll likely meet Aberdeen.

Coach Paul Austin was concerned about how his team would do in this game for a few reasons. He knew the win would clinch a spot in the conference title game, and C.M. Wright (9-2, 5-1) saw its 20-game UCBAC winning streak end Monday with a loss to North Harford.

Bel Air (8-3, 3-1-1) came out aggressively against a Mustang team that appeared flat at times in the first half. The Bobcats had six shots on goal while C.M. Wright could get only three, but the game remained scoreless at the break.

But Houlihan and C.M. Wright looked like a different team in the second half. She scored in the fifth minute to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Sarah Willis sent a long ball into the box, which bounced and then landed on Houlihan's foot about five yards out, and she quickly buried it in the left corner.

"I felt like in the first half we didn't play together," Houlihan said. "We started working more as a team in the second half."

That teamwork also paid off for the insurance goal with 1:58 left. Jen Idzi (11 saves) stopped one shot, but the ball bounced back to Houlihan, who hit a shot off the right post.

The ball came to Brown on the right side. The freshman put it inside the near post to clinch the win.

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