Eastern Tech ends No. 6 Sparrows Point’s title run; advances to 2A state girls soccer quarterfinals


CLASS 2A NORTH REGION II GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONS

EASTERN TECH MAVERICKS

by Derek Toney

After a successful run in the first decade of the 21st century, Eastern Tech High girls’ soccer hasn’t duplicated it this decade. But the Mavericks appear to be on the comeback.

The Mavericks defeated host and 6th-ranked Sparrows Point, 1-0, in the Class 2A North Region II final Tuesday.

An own-goal off a corner kick in the 50th minute was the difference as Eastern Tech (8-6 overall) ended Sparrows Point’s record run of state titles at 6. The Mavericks advance to a state quarterfinal, against a to be determined opponent, Friday or Saturday.

Sparrows Point (12-2-1) defeated Eastern Tech, 1-0, during the regular season.

“We went into the game confident and we played them really hard,” said Mavericks coach Kim Williams. “We had opportunities, but things didn’t go our way. They were ready to get a big win.”

The Mavericks’ defense, featuring junior goalie Emma Tawney, senior outside back Jessica Morris, sophomore Rehema Ngobu and freshmen Alexis Keller-Posen and Sophia Johnson, produced a clean sheet against the Baltimore County champ Pointers who hadn’t lost a state playoff game since 2012.

The Mavericks, who last reached the state semifinals in 2010, have only two seniors, Morris and Bree Yurek, in the starting lineup.

“We took a lot of pressure and settled down as the game went on,” said Williams. “They played their hearts out and that was the difference.”

Between 1999 and 2010, Eastern Tech reached the state semifinals 10 times, winning the top prize (2A) in 2005.

Williams said she didn’t “know what to expect this year,” but felt her young nucleus had the potential.

“It’s been a few years, this was a huge step for our program tonight,” said Williams. “We hope to keep it going into the next game.”