C. Milton Wright uses 2nd-half surge to top Hereford, 6-1

No. 4 Mustangs advance to Tuesday's regional final vs. North Harford

November 05, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Scoring goals hasn't been a big concern for the C. Milton Wright girls soccer team, which has attacked with speed, skill and numbers all season.

So the No. 4 Mustangs weren't fazed when, after they scored just one goal against scrappy Hereford despite dominating the first half of a Class 3A North semifinal Friday, the game became tight in the second half.

After a tying goal by the visiting Bulls minutes after intermission, the Mustangs' offense went back to work, scoring five unanswered goals to earn a 6-1 win in Bel Air.

In winning their past seven games, the Mustangs (15-1-1) have scored 36 goals as they move on to Tuesday's regional championship game against visiting North Harford. The Mustangs claimed a 1-0 win over their Harford County rivals in the regular season.

On Friday, freshman Angela Kuhn scored two goals, Kellie McKinney provided the game-winner, Jessie Canami added another goal off a nifty pass from Megan Frailer, and Sara Piazza and Kelly Kappus added late tallies.

McKinney wasn't surprised to see her team respond favorably after the Bulls evened the score.

"I think it was just desire," she said. "We know 1-0 in a playoff game isn't something to be satisfied with. When they scored their goal, I think it just woke us up. ... That really pushed us harder, and then once we got a couple goals up, we just kept going."

The Mustangs dominated the first half and created plenty of scoring chances, but they could muster only a 1-0 halftime advantage after Kuhn blasted a shot from 25 yards that found the top-right corner in the 23rd minute.

Hereford, which ended its season with a 11-4-1 mark, tied the score with 36:50 left in the half on a goal from Kristina Higgins from 15 yards.

Staying poised and persistent, the Mustangs regained the lead when McKinney's shot from 18 squirted by goalie Michelle Oosterwijk with 30:30 to play.

C. Milton Wright coach Paul Austin said the key to his team's second-half surge was its staying composed in the penalty area to take advantage of scoring chances.

"We knew it was a dangerous game because we had plenty of chances in the first half. We told the girls every game brings a unique challenge, and when [Hereford] came back to get one … our girls really dialed it up and showed a lot of heart," he said.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Goals: CMW—Kuhn 2, McKinney, Canami, Kappus, Piazza; H—Higgins. Assists: CMW—Frailer. Saves: H—Oosterwijk 7; CMW—Bowen 3, King 1. Half: CMW, 1-0.

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