Charles Chapin sparks Magruder's soccer team to Maryland 4A state title with win over Urbana, 2-0

Magruder defeats Urbana 2-0 in the 4A Boys Soccer Championship on Thursday night in Catonsville, MD.
By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 19, 2010; 12:40 AM

CATONSVILLE, MD. - In the eyes of his teammates and coaches, Magruder forward Charles Chapin has gone largely under appreciated by outsiders this season.

Chapin's speed and tactical runs changed the Colonels' identity this season, and in doing so, led them to the Maryland 4A boys' soccer final on Thursday night. The junior made an impact again on that grand stage, both by scoring a goal and by opening up space for his striking partner up top, as the Colonels topped Urbana, 2-0, at UMBC Stadium.

"His presence up top demands attention," Magruder Coach Trevin London said.

Last season, Magruder (16-1-2) lost 10 games, but six of those defeats came by one goal. One thing stood out: Magruder was shut out seven times.

This season, the ability of Chapin, who did not play last season, has paid major dividends.

Seventh-ranked Magruder passed the ball efficiently and effectively - but always with an attacking mind-set - in the first half. And with Chapin checking back and drawing defenders, forward James Merriam made runs in behind and was given too much space by Urbana's defense. The junior eventually made the Hawks (16-2-1) pay.

Chapin slid a ball through to Merriam in the eighth minute, and his shot deflected off a sliding Urbana defender, looping it over the goalkeeper to give Magruder the lead.

"I knew coming in that Charles was definitely a threat to them," Merriam said. ". . . If he checked back in, their center backs were following him, which just opened up a hole for me to run into. And that's continuously what I did until they picked up that it just can't be Charles."

In the 33rd minute, Chapin challenged the Urbana goalkeeper on a cross from Nathaniel Lee. The goalkeeper could only get a touch and the ball went through to the far post, where Tan Thai played it back into the middle and Chapin volleyed it in.

Behind the continued stellar play of goalkeeper Torsten Meuschke, Magruder was able to hold off Urbana, which played much more aggressively and effectively in the second half, and the Colonels captured their second state title in four seasons.

"We worked for this our entire four years of high school," senior Matthew Greene said. "â?¦ We earned this, we outplayed everyone in our county and we didn't settle just for winning the region. We had to take it all home."

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