Bethesda-Chevy Case goalkeeper Chris Mason made only one save last night against No. 1 Walter Johnson. But it may have been his biggest of the young season, enabling the fourth-ranked Barons to defeat the Wildcats, 1-0, at B-CC.

Mason, who has allowed just one goal this season, earned his second shutout, making a lunging stop of Tyler Duvall's penalty kick at 21:40.

With the game scoreless, the Barons' Tim Fabrizio was called for tackling Scott Nelson inside the penalty box. Duvall was called upon to take the penalty kick. But Mason, who was falling to his left, reached back and blocked Duvall's shot with his right hand and then pounced on the ball.

"After I saw {Nelson} go down, I walked over to the side to collect my thoughts," said Mason. "At first I was going to guess to the left. But it happened so quickly and I didn't have time to think. I just reacted. I saw the ball going to my right and I was able to get my hand out and bat it down."

"I was planning to kick it to the left," said Duvall. "But I just missed it and ended up kicking it off the top of my foot."

Four minutes later, Walter Johnson goalie Caleb Mason (no relation to Chris) found himself in the same situation. He swatted away Daryl Jones's throw-in from the corner. B-CC's Justin Griffith, with his back to the goal, attempted to control the ball in front of the net. Mason rushed out and tackled Griffith, setting up Mario Diaz's game-winning penalty kick inside the right post. It was Diaz's fifth goal of the season.

The Barons (4-0, 3-0 Montgomery 4A), renowned for their long-ball kick-and-run style surprised Walter Johnson (3-1, 2-1) by employing a spread offense and moving the ball upfield with short headers and touch-passing to the wings.

"Every time we started to get something going we would make a bad pass," Duvall said. "And with them, you can't afford to make a bad pass because they are so quick that they'll make you pay."