Twice as nice
From time to time, entries on this blog will come from my colleagues who cover high school sports. To wit, this entry comes from The Sun's Katherine Dunn:
The soccer season has been doubly successful this fall at Catonsville, where the boys and the girls teams are undefeated.
“It’s nice to see two teams in the same sport that are playing very well,” said girls coach James Fitzpatrick. “I think [the boys] have the same thing going with them that we do — they work hard for each other and that’s very much true of our team.”
Both are 7-0 and, of course, neither wants to be the first to lose.
“It’s a good, friendly rivalry where we each kind of push each other,” said boys coach Victor Vega.
Stock for both teams rose on Tuesday after wins over the defending Baltimore County champions from Eastern Tech. The No. 8 Comets girls won, 2-1, over the No. 13 Mavericks, who tied Loch Raven in last year’s title match. The boys won, 3-0, over the No. 14 team.
Fitzpatrick and Vega said the wins gave their teams a confidence boost.
“We had been playing pretty well up to then but Eastern Tech was a true test for us,” said Vega. “If nothing else it gave the kids a real vote of confidence going into the Towson game that we can play with the big guns.”
The girls play host to Towson today at 3:45, playing before the homecoming football game, and the boys travel to meet the Generals Saturday at 10 a.m.
While beating Towson won’t be easy for either team, the boys may have the tougher task, because the Generals are 4-1, with their only loss to No. 9 Mount St. Joseph, and they are ranked No. 11.
“They’re just tactically so sound and they have Wils Alpern up top. He’s one of the top forwards in the county if not the state,” said Vega, of the senior who has five goals and three assists.
The Comets, who stress defense, will have to be on their game in the back with Daniel Leahy, Eric Swaboda, Christian Curry and goalie Jeffrey Woods.
Towson boys coach Randy Dase, whose team beat the Comets in the regional playoffs last season, expects a tough contest.
“I know last year they were young and they were a challenge,” said Dase. “When you score three goals against Eastern Tech and shut them out, you’re an outstanding ballclub.”
As for the girls, they have overwhelmed opponents so far, outscoring them, 34-2. Striker Jessica Nonn has contributed to more than half of those scores with 16 goals and four assists.