Middletown finally broke through in the second half of its Frederick County Tournament opener at Oakdale en route to a 3-0 win over the host Bears.
Right after the second half kickoff, the Knights sawed their way deep into OHS territory. Bradley Coblentz won the endline on the right side and a great ball was chopped into the net by Josh Greene.
Not content with the first goal, midway through the second half Zach Fontenot again attacked down the right side, cutting a ball to Caleb Demas, whose first time pass was deposited by Greene into the net. Within minutes of goal two, Greene played provider, this time setting up Fontenot.
The defense stood tall all evening long and goalkeeper Shane Falcinelli chipped in several clutch saves in preserving the shutout.
After the final whistle, there was a penalty kick shootout that had almost as must drama as the match itself. After nine rounds, Oakdale emerged as winners by a 6-5 score. John Remsberg, Falcinelli, Gary Higginbothem, Coblentz, and Austin Funkhouser converted for the Knights. Falcinelli made one save but it was not enough for MHS to earn a bonus point. In all, after the opening night, MHS had earned 7 points (3 for the win, 3 for goals scored, 1 for a shutout bonus) out of a possible 8.
With the victory, MHS now turns its sights to its second county tournament game against Urbana in hopes of continuing the bright start to the season. The Urbana match will be hosted at the Mount Saint Mary's campus. We thank all our fans who came to the south of the county to support us and hope to see you up north at the Mount as we try to make the county final!