Catonsville girls’ soccer James Fitzpatrick said his team did very little right Wednesday afternoon against No. 14 Eastern Tech, except for one thing: The final score.
The Comets posted a 1-0 decision over Eastern Tech in a Baltimore County non-divisional match. Nicolina Felts’ tally in the 50th minute was the difference for Catonsville.
“I guess any win is a good win this early season, but we have a lot to build on,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m not very pleased with today’s performance at all.
I wasn’t pleased with our ability to process the ball, to win the 50-50 ball, to play the ball to space, to play the ball to feet, to pace ball with distance, to dribble when we should’ve dribbled, to shoot when we should’ve shoot. If nothing else, we had the character to win a game we didn’t play well in.”
In a scrum for the ball off an indirect kick, Felts was able to get her foot on the ball and get it past Eastern Tech goalie Alexi Lee. Felts, a junior striker, said the Comets are slowly progressing minus Peyton Johnson, the Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year, who’s now at Harvard.
“We really miss her, but we’re catching up,” said Felts, who had the winning goal Saturday against Seton Keough in the opening round of the Comets’ Invitational. Catonsville (2-2 overall) lost to Loch Raven, 2-1, in the championship round.
Felts credited the play of Rachel Woods, Dani Southwell, Anna Higdon and Lisa Meyd, Maddie Sattler and Kelli Beard. Beard, a senior goalie, who missed last season because of injury, made six saves Wednesday.
Lee finished with six saves for Eastern Tech (2-2). Mavericks’ coach Kim Williams said another solid defensive effort went for naught.
“We weren’t able to finish and that’s been a struggle of ours,” said Williams, who has four starters back among 11 letter winners from 2009. “We did well defensively, we controlled the middle of the field, we just couldn’t make it happen up top.”
Catonsville 1, Eastern Tech 0
Saves: Eastern Tech-Lee 6; Catonsville-Beard 6.