After a slow start in 2016, the John Carroll boy’s soccer team appears to have found a groove and, Wednesday, the Patriots topped No. 14 Bel Air, 2-1, for their second consecutive win over a ranked opponent.

Last week the Patriots surprised then fifth-ranked Loyola with a 2-0 win in MIAA A Conference action and followed it up with the victory over the visiting Bobcats to even its season record at 4-4-2.

John Carroll took the lead on its neighborhood rival midway through the first half when Ryan Waugh scored off of a through ball from Seth Anderson. It was Waugh’s second goal in as many games, putting the Patriots up 1-0 going into halftime.

Bel Air responded early in the second half with a great strike from outside the penalty area to level the score. The decisive moment came five minutes from time when Jake Kreiger picked up the ball just inside the Bel Air half and, after beating three Bobcat defenders, fired a near post shot into the upper corner.

The Patriots will return to league play on Friday when they take aim at yet another ranked foe, as No. 3 Mount St. Joseph comes calling in Bel Air. JC is currently in fourth place in the A Conference with a 3-2-1 league mark.

Bel Air is now 3-2-1 and will return to action on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Good Counsel of the WCAC.