Jose Serrano's unassisted goal in the 52nd minute gave Blair a 2-1 victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase yesterday in a Montgomery AA soccer game at Nolte Field.
Blair raised its record to 6-2-2 and remained in first place in the AA league. The Blazers need at least a win and a tie in their final two games to clinch the title. The Barons, state class A champions a year ago, are 5-5-1.
Blair, which defeated B-CC in double overtime earlier this season, was outplayed in the first half when B-CC held a 10-6 advantage in shots and took a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game. Max Fainberg sent a cross into the box that Rudy Jean-Baptiste redirected past goalkeeper Ricardo Magliore.
"We played our game in the first 25 to 30 minutes," said B-CC Coach Gene Hostetler. "But after that we just stopped attacking."
"The weather was a real handicap to us in the first half," said Bill Birmingham, in his 11th year as Blair's coach. "The wind was so strong against us we couldn't move the ball out of our own end."
Blair pulled even with a minute left in the half. Ricky Serrano crossed the ball to Carlos Orbe, who beat goalkeeper Ted Henderson with a 10-yard corner kick.
The Blazers outshot the Barons, 10-2, in the second half and carried play. Forwards Kaituta Sikyala and Jose Serrano repeatedly chased down through-balls to test Henderson, and Blair defender Baede Minasse kept the Barons' forwards from crossing midfield.
Jose Serrano won the game when he controlled a ball in the box, turned and beat Henderson for his fifth goal of the year.