Christos Lift Third Title to Conclude Cup Season
Take Stewart for 6th Straight Year
Christos O-30 reach the Region I semifinals of the Gerhard Mengel Cup. (26 April) After a year in which the pandemic shut down our cup program at the midway point and a weekly dose of Sunday morning snowfall that pretty much shut down play in February, it was with great satisfaction to finish the cup season even at this late in the season. As always, a yeoman effort by our Cup Director Fran McGrath and thanks to Nigel Fullerton for assisting him each Sunday. Most of all, we could not put together our cup program without the work of our team managers and coaches along with the referees assigned by John Henderson to provide this competitive atmosphere for the players. We think Maryland has the best cup program in the country and it is due to all who take part in it.
We finished the cup season with Maryland's Amateur Championship, the Stewart Cup, the state's second longest running competition.The final featured Christos FC, who had won the title for five years running against the 2020 Morton Cup champion All Star United. Jacob Benter put away Keegan Kelly's pass in the fourth minute and Christos never looked back as it coasted to a 4:0 shutout. Bender then assisted Demetrius Shepard-Lewis to double the lead in the first half and then hooked up again with Kelly in the second half for his brace. Taofik Lucas-Walker put it out of reach near the end of the match as Christos held on to the Stewart Cup for a sixth straight year.
The Over-30 side took a drive to Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania in its Gerhard Mengel Cup match up against Phoenix SC. Christos did not get off to a good start, falling behind 2:0 but then struck twice quickly to send the match into extra time. Again, two fast goals gave them the advantage before Phoenix cut it to 4:3 for the final result. Tommy Quaranta earned a brace while John Ports Aaron Rilling (match winner) added their tallies. Christos will host Ironbound Alumni of New Jersey on 16 May in the Region I semifinal.
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