Key’s boys’ soccer sits alone atop the MIAA C Conference standings with their best start since joining the league. On Thursday, the 3-0 Obezags faced off against the undefeated Saints of Baltimore Lutheran in a clash of the final two unbeaten teams in the conference, and the Obezags pulled a thrilling 2-1 win.
Key stormed out of the gates, dominating the first half and staking themselves to a 1-0 halftime lead. The Saints roared back and tied the game with only five minutes to play. But, with under a minute left in the game, Key senior Mike Norfleet took the ball down the sideline, cut to the end line and served a perfect pass to fellow senior Zach Chmael who calmly shot the ball into the corner of the goal, with 16 seconds left on the clock. Chmael is the 8th different Obezag to score a goal this season.
“That is the key to this team,” commented head coach Brian Boyd, “We are playing as a team. We have very talented individuals on this team, but every single player has stepped up to make contributions. It is exciting to start well, but the really exciting part about the MIAA is that every team has the capability of beating every other team, which means we have to play at our best every game. That is what you want as a coach and an athlete.”
The Obezags will put their undefeated conference record to the test next week when they travel to St. John’s Catholic Prep, on Monday, and defending champion Chapelgate Christian Academy, on Tuesday.