The Bethesda-Chevy Chase boys soccer team likes to describe itself with catch phrases like "high pressure," "intense" and "high power." The third-ranked Barons, however, do much more than talk. And yesterday at Martin Luther King Field, B-CC continued its victory march through Montgomery County by defeating No. 8 Springbrook, 3-0.
With four games remaining, the Barons (8-0 overall, 7-0 in Montgomery 4A) are threatening to become the first county team since Rockville in 1986 to finish the season undefeated. The Rams, led by John Stroud, now a senior at James Madison University, were undefeated until they lost to Bowie in the state championship game.
The Barons have an excellent shot at a perfect season, finishing at home against Seneca Valley and Churchill and playing at Gaithersburg and Blair. Staying unbeaten would be quite an accomplishment considering the league's competitiveness this year.
Yesterday the Barons completed their sixth straight shutout. B-CC has yielded two goals and goalkeeper Chris Mason has given up just one. The Barons have scored 31 goals.
"With a defense like that, it's hard to lose," said Justin Griffith, who scored two goals.
Griffith's first goal was the result of a Springbrook error. The Blue Devils failed to clear the ball and Griffith intercepted a pass and dribbled in alone to score at 18 minutes. His second goal was a beauty as he headed in Chad Rathner's direct kick at 41:00. Andres Dulanto finished the scoring at 68:00.
"In the first half we were waiting and reacting," said Griffith, who has four goals and five assists. "We weren't anticipating. But in the second half, we turned up the pressure. And that's our game -- to play intense."
Springbrook (6-1-1), coming off a 1-0 victory over Churchill Tuesday, failed to convert early chances and watched its offense shut down. After an opening flurry, when the Blue Devils narrowly missed taking the lead, Springbrook was held without a shot until 9 1/2 minutes remained.
"What B-CC does is very effective," said Springbrook Coach Ian Bain. "They don't worry about disguising their attack. They just keep on coming."
For now the Barons are quick to dismiss talk of an undefeated season, and Coach Gene Hostetler said it isn't an issue. "We just take them one at a time," he said. "This is only one step along the way."