A few things had to happen Saturday night for FC Baltimore to be Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions. Firstly, FCB had to win their match against Charlottesville Alliance FC. Secondly, Northern Virginia United needed to drop points against Virginia Beach City. Those things happened, FC Baltimore are your 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions.
13-0 wasn’t the outcome this time around for FC Baltimore, but they did cruise to a comfortable 8-2 win. Lucas Mendes notched his first hat trick on the season, while Tre Pulliam and Josh Fawole had braces of their own. The other goal belonged to Gavin Boyer.
Charlottesville did score two on the evening. One was a penalty given by Jake Dengler, and the other involved miscommunication by keeper Ben Sauer and his defense. Both goals were avoidable.
At the end of the night, FC Baltimore still got the 3 points they needed. Northern Virginia controlled their own destiny, and with a win, they would finish in first place. Virginia Beach City FC had other plans, in fact, they had 7. Virginia Beach, who was out of the playoff race, after being last year’s regular season champions, ended their season on a high note, beating NVU 7-1. With that result and the FC Baltimore win, FCB clinch the 1 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference tournament, and they clinch a conference title in their first ever season as a club.
FC Baltimore now host a home match on Saturday, July 14 for the MAC championship. The winner of that match goes to regionals. At the moment, the Roons need an opponent for that match. Wednesday, Northern Virginia, the 2 seed, host FC Frederick, the 3 seed. The winner goes on the play the regular season champions. FCB lost 3-0 at NVU and won 1-0 at home, while winning both matches against Frederick, 2-0 and 1-0. Whoever the opponent is Saturday, it should certainly be an exciting championship game.
Coach Brandon Quaranta had this to say after the important victory, “It feels great. You never know, when you’re a new group coming into a league what to expect, I felt we had a talented roster, I felt we had potential, really came together second half of the season for us. Now we put ourselves in position to play a championship game in front of our home crowd, so you can’t ask for more than that.”
Man of the Match- Lucas Mendes- Forward- Mendes receives his second MOTM this year. His first came against Legacy 76 where he netted two for the eventual 6-1 win. Saturday, he scored his first ever hat trick with the club, breaking his previous record of goals in a game with 2.