In a winner-take-all second game of the Frederick County Soccer Tournament, the Urbana Hawks held on for a 2-1 win over the Knights at Mount Saint Mary's University. Urbana moves on to play in the County Final, October 22.
The first half showed the two-time defending state runner-ups had not lost much of their edge during the offseason, as UHS took less than nine minutes to take the lead. A number of clutch plays from the defense and several top-drawer saves from goalkeeper Shane Falcinelli helped Middletown stay close until the halftime break.
While the Urbana threat never totally went away, the Knights finally stood toe-to-toe with the Hawks. Several dangerous opportunities presented themselves, bringing out the best from the UHS defense and goalie. Unfortunately, with a little more than five minutes to go in the game, the Hawks put away a second goal for a 2-0 lead.
MHS didn't quit and their hard work was rewarded with a goal to make it a very tense final two minutes. Zach Fontenot served a free kick from the right touchline that Leland Creadick found with a header on the back post. Despite a frantic effort on the goal line by Urbana, the ball had crossed the line, making the score 2-1.
In the ensuing penalty kick shootout, the Knights lost 5-4. Fontenot, Josh Greene, John Remsberg and Falcinelli all converted for Middletown.
The coaching staff would like to thank all of the Knights' fans who travelled up and down the county to support us this weekend, as well as Oakdale HS and Mt. St. Mary's for hosting us. We would especially like to thank the players for a great weekend.
Up next for the Knights is a trip to North Hagerstown to open up the regular season. Go Knights!