Bowie boys soccer coach Richard Kirkland predicted that his team's Maryland 4A South Region quarterfinal against High Point (10-5) would be physical. It was the Eagles' undisciplined play, however, that proved the difference in Bowie's 3-2 win last night in Beltsville. Bowie sophomore midfielder Gregory Morris scored three goals, two from the penalty spot, as the Bulldogs (10-4-1) overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win the exciting, sometimes ill-tempered match. Bowie advanced to the South Region semifinal and will play either Eleanor Roosevelt or Parkdale.
There were five cards issued by the referees, including a red card to High Point senior center midfielder Max Granados in the 58th minute. Prior to his dismissal for a rough foul on Bowie's Andrew Plum, Granados had a significant impact with his sturdy defensive play and threatening long-range passing. His 40-yard free kick in the eighth minute split the Bowie defense and found the foot of senior forward Carlos Ferrufino, who tucked the ball into the right side netting for a 2-0 High Point advantage. Jonathan Flores had opened the scoring in the third minute.
High Point's attackers "were all fast in the beginning," Bowie senior Ryan Yates said. "We just worked real hard as a team to contain them."
Morris converted his first penalty kick in the 13th minute, then hammered in a loose ball from eight yards out near the close of the first half. Fourteen minutes into the second half, Morris scored the winning goal from a penalty kick earned when Bowie junior midfielder Jacob Abeyta was brought down in the box.
Note: Prior to the boys game, the Bowie girls beat High Point, 11-0, in a South Region quarterfinal.