Gerstell and Boys’ Latin still alive for the final spot

There is still one game to play in the MIAA B Conference soccer regular season and one final playoff spot to determine, but everything else is set as the league’s post-season gets underway on Monday.

Gerstell Academy, which lost to first-place Friends on Wednesday, 4-1, can play its way into the tournament if the Falcons win or tie at Park School on Thursday. Currently, Gerstell and Boys’ Latin are tied for the final spot with 18 points each, but BL owns the tie-breaker because of a victory over second place Concordia Prep, which swept the Falcons. If Gerstell gets at least one point at Park, it advances outright. If not, Boys’ Latin will advance.

The top two seeds, which have been locked down for some time, belong to first-place Friends (14-1-1) and second-place Concordia Prep (11-5), which had an excellent first year in the league, after winning the C Conference last year. Those two will have first round byes and host semifinal games on Nov. 2.

Annapolis Area Christian (7-6-3) and Severn (8-8) tied for third, each with 24 points, but AACS owns the tie-break because it also claimed a win against second place Concordia, which swept Severn. With 22 points, Saints Peter & Paul (6-6-4) is the fifth seed.

In Monday’s quarterfinal round, AACS will host either Gerstell or BL and Saints Peter & Paul will travel to Severn. The Saints Peter & Paul/Severn winner will go to Friends for the semifinals and the other quarterfinal winner will go to Concordia.

On Senior Day at Friends, Wednesday, the Quakers continued to stay sharp for what they hope will be a run at the championship with their victory over Gerstell Academy.

Freshman Ned Forbush got Friends rolling with a goal midway through the first half and senior Mike Klausner made it 2-0 at the half. The Quakers got second half goals from senior Jordan Finn and junior Jeremy Weinberg.

Severn closed its regular season with a third straight win, routing Boys’ Latin, 8-0. This has not been a typical season for the Admirals, but they have won three straight league titles and pose a serious threat to anyone in the post-season.

Nate Gauthier scored four time to lead the Admirals. Everett Cortes added two goals and an assist, while Devin McCarthy had a goal and three assists. In addition, Jared Dove scored a goal, Jack McCarthy had two assists and Sean Crowley had one.

Also on Wednesday, as it clinched the fifth seed, Saints Peter & Paul eliminated Park School from playoff contention with a 1-0 victory. Nate Bidle scored the Golden Goal in overtime to lift the Sabres.