Expansion 2020

FC Baltimore Moves Back into First

By FC Frederick

FC Frederick defender Jake Wilkinson intercepted an FC Baltimore Christos pass, turned to his left out of trouble, and launched a seemingly harmless ball back toward the FC Frederick goal.

Only one problem — FC Frederick keeper Sam Farrell was off his line and ended up watching helplessly as ball took one bounce into the back of the net, breaking a scoreless match.

The own goal in the 30th minute jumpstarted FC Baltimore’s 4-0 victory and seemed to summarize FC Frederick’s season.  FC Baltimore returns to the top of the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings with a 5-1-1 record, while defending conference champion FC Frederick slumps to 1-5-2.

In the 50th minute, Jake Dengler blasted a 35-yard free kick into the upper left corner as FC Baltimore took a 2-0 lead.  High schooler Ben Bender made it 3-0 in the 64th minute after pouncing on a ball that the FC Frederick keeper could not cleanly catch.  Kyle Saunderson capped the scoring in the 78th minute with a header on a corner kick served by Daniel Baxter.

For FC Frederick, the result had a similar feel — a 1-0 halftime deficit, a lack of serious offensive threats followed by conceding multiple second-half goals.

FC Baltimore outshot FC Frederick 17-11. 

Farrell finished with three saves for FC Frederick, while FC Baltimore keeper Casey Beyers had four saves in posting his first shutout of the NPSL season.

Photo Credit: FC Frederick


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