No. 2 Marriotts Ridge, Liberty advance to state final

Mustangs beat Eastern Tech, 5-0; Liberty tops Wicomico, 4-0

November 13, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Marriotts Ridge senior forward Michael Glazer has been a goal-scoring machine all season, and that didn't change Friday night.

This time, his fine finishing ability helped send the No. 2 Mustangs to defend their Class 2A state title.

In the 2A semifinal against Eastern Tech, Glazer scored three goals -- giving him 25 on the season -- to lift the Mustangs to a 5-0 win over the Mavericks.

Marriotts Ridge improves to 17-1 and will take on Liberty, a 4-0 winner over Wicomico, in next week's state championship at UMBC (date and time to be determined). Marriotts Ridge defeated Liberty, 2-1, on Sept. 7.

For Glazer -- who headed home a corner kick with two minutes left in the first half and added two goals in the second -- it was business as usual. After scoring 11 goals while playing outside midfield last season, Glazer has felt right at home in his move to forward.

"I'm just trying to help the team any way I can. My teammates have been giving me some great balls, and I was lucky to put in three goals," he said.

The Mavericks (8-9-1) were effective until the Mustangs earned a corner kick late in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Brad Martinelli placed a ball in the middle for Glazer to head home for a 1-0 lead. Glazer provided an insurance goal with 26:25 left in the second half and tacked on another shortly afterward.

Liberty 4, Wicomico 0: Senior forward Quinn Khouri showed a knack for finishing as well as distributing, scoring two goals and adding a nifty assist to send the Lions past the previously unbeaten Indians (15-1-1) in the other 2A semifinal at Bel Air.

Liberty improves to 13-4-1 and will seek the program's second state title (its first came in 2005) when it takes on Marriotts Ridge next week at UMBC.

In the 27th minute, Khouri made a strong run with the ball down the right side, gaining the end line before cutting back and finishing for a lead the Lions would never relinquish.

2 MARRIOTTS RIDGE 5, EASTERN TECH 0

Goals: MR—Glazer 3, Onslow, Safren. Assists: MR—Martinelli, Banner. Saves: ET—Wright; MR—Moore. Half: MR, 1-0.

LIBERTY 4, WICOMICO 0

Goals: L—Khouri 2, McCracken 2. Assists: Khouri. Saves: W—LaFrance 8; L—DeBandi 5. Half: L, 1-0.

A previous version of this article gave the score as Marriotts Ridge 3, Eastern Tech 0. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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