Christos Repeat Rowland
Last Minute Goal in Extra Time Defeats Yinz
Morton semifinals are set, Stewart will kick off. (14 February) It was a match between two worthy league champions and it turned out to be a tough final. Maryland Major Soccer League champion Christos FC and Washington Premier League title holder Yinz United battled it out for not only 90 minutes but 30 more in extra time. Both keepers and defenses were playing it tight, giving little space to the opponent. Regulation ended scoreless and it appeard so too would extra time that would lead to penalty rounds. With a little over a minute remaining in the match, Christos took a corner kick. Despite two saves in the goal mouth, Joe Glos was able to pounce on a loose ball and put it into the net. The goal gave Christos a second consecutive title, once again at the expense of Yinz who lost the final to Christos 2:1 last season. We may see these two again in the Stewart final next month. The Rowland Cup is Maryland's open competition and its oldest dating back to 1914. Christos will now march forward to the USASA Region I qualifier to defend the Werner Fricker Cup it won last summer.
Group play is complete for the Morton Cup. Catonsville FC Orange earned a semifinal place with a 2:0 shutout of Brothers United FC to finish second in Group A behind Academy FC. Group B ended with three sides tied at 7 points. Capital Rovers took top place on goal differential after a 4:2 victory over DC Flames. Coachem held on to second as Das Bier Haus could not overcome a negative goal differential despite a 3:0 drubbing of Catonsville FC Blue. Academy will meet against Coachem while the Rovers take on Catonsville in next Sunday's semifinals. Both games will take place at Blandair Park.
Maryland's amateur competition kicks off on Sunday at Blandair Park with first round matches of the Stewart Cup. The winner of this single elimination tournament will move on to represent the state in the US Amateur Cup.
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NOTE: Road construction around Blandair Park has entry via Thunder Hill Road only. Use the new MD 175 exit located between Tamar Drive and Thunder Hill Road. Follow signs for the detour.