The Northeast boys soccer program hasn’t exactly been a regional powerhouse in the past decade, but opponents would be unwise to sleep on this year’s Eagles. Northeast has quietly improved under the direction of second-year head coach Cliff Buck, and though they fell short of a headline-grabbing result on September 10, they played perennial juggernaut Severna Park tough in a 1-0 loss. The Falcons needed a 56th-minute goal to come away winners on their own turf. Senior forward Mason Keefe has been a consistent scoring threat, and junior center back Jacob Bartlett has been a steadying force on defense.
“We don’t have a lot of seniors, so we’re young and will be returning strong team next year,” said Buck. “The communication is a lot better. We have a lot of smart players. Our core is really strong. We are pretty organized in our 4-3-3 shape….[Against Severna Park] it wasn’t like it was 1-0 game and we defended the whole game. We had a cross to a header on goal, a volley that just went over the top, a shot that just missed wide left, so even when we were down we fought back and had chances to tie it up. It was a good game.”