The road to this fall’s Baltimore County soccer championship appears headed through Catonsville. The Comet boys’ and girls’ defeated Perry Hall in a doubleheader on Bloomingdale Avenue Monday evening.
In the girls’ match, No. 8 Catonsville received goals from Deb Milani and Jenn Nonn in a 2-0 decision. Last season, Perry Hall defeated the Comets three times including the county finals at Franklin (3-0) and a 2-0 decision in the Class 4A North Region finals.
Milani, who’s committed to the University of Maryland for lacrosse, sent a through ball to Nonn, who put a shot past Gators’ goalie Emily Shandruk in the 16th minute. In the 69th minute, Nonn took a shot that hit low off the right post past a diving Shandruk, but Milani was there to knock the ball back in.
Sophomore goalie Natalie Croom stopped five shots with juniors Katie Viets and Anna Higdon, sophomore Renee Gast and freshman Lauren Vogelpohl providing help in the back. The Comets have yet to allow a goal in county play.
Perry Hall boys’ owned Catonsville before the Comets broke through en route to their first county championship in more than a half century last fall. The pendelum continue to swing in favor of the No. 11 Comets, who claimed a 2-1 victory over the 12th rankd Gators
The reigning league champs got goals from Jose Moran and Daniel Kim before their defense clamped down on Perry Hall (4-2-1) in the final minutes. Catonsville senior goalie Kevin Sheppard said the Comets are brimming with confidence.
Moran, the Comets’ best player, sent a direct kick 25 yards past Perry Hall junior goalie Austin Kroll into the right corner in the ninth minute. Moran later injured his ankle after getting tripped up on a breakaway opportunity in the 35th minute and didn’t return.
Perry Hall (4-2-1), looking to regain the county crown after back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2009, closed to 2-1 on a goal by Nicky Jones in the 70th minute. Gators coach Pete Eibner commended his team’s effort.
A big reason was the Catonsville backfield of Andrew Carlson, William Johnson and Osama Khan in front of Sheppard (four saves). Comets coach Vic Vega said his team has to continue to build off Monday’s performance.
No. 11 Catonsville boys’ 2, No. 12 Perry Hall 1
Saves: Perry Hall – Kroll 9; Catonsville – Shepperd 4
No. 8 Catonsville girls’ 2, Perry Hall 0
Assists: Catonsville – Milani
Halftime: Catonsville 1, Perry Hall 0