Quince Orchard Boys Varsity Soccer Continue Strong with Win Against Richard Montgomery Rockets, 3-0
The Quince Orchard boys notched their 10th win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Richard Montgomery on Thursday evening. It was another dominating performance by the Cougars, who have now won all 7 of their away games this season, but you wouldn’t have known it if you arrived at the RM stadium with 11 minutes to go in the game. Even though QO dominated possession and had more than 20 shots in the second half alone (compared to just 3 for the Rockets), the score was still 0-0 going into the final 10 minutes. Then junior forward Everest Longa scored twice in a 3-minute span and senior forward Eli Holmstead added another goal 2 minutes later to make the final score 3-0.
Things looked promising for the Cougars at the start. They created several good opportunities in the first 10 minutes, but Holmstead had a rare whiff on a rolling cross from senior midfielder Alex Martinez and then hit the post just 5 minutes later. QO continued to dominate possession for the rest of the half but had a hard time breaking down the RM defense, perhaps because the Cougars were missing two starting midfielders – senior Isaac Zuniga, who was out as a precautionary measure with a tender hamstring, and his younger brother Samuel, who was forced to sit out because of a questionable red card he received in the Cougars’ previous game. By the end of the half, QO had only taken 6 shots, with 3 on goal, but the Rockets had even fewer opportunities – 3 shots with just 1 on goal.
After a halftime talk from Coach Kevin Gnatiko, the Cougars came out much more aggressively and applied almost constant offensive pressure for the rest of the game, forcing the RM keeper to make at least 3 diving saves. In the second half, QO had 21 shots, including 9 on goal, compared to only 3 shots (2 on goal) for the Rockets.
Finally, with just 10 minutes remaining, Longa broke through with a great individual effort. After getting the ball deep on the right side, he dribbled past 2 defenders along the baseline and got off a hard shot from close range. The keeper managed to block it but couldn’t control the ball, and Longa pounced on the rebound to get QO on the scoreboard, much to the relief of their many fans in the stands.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Cougars went back on the offensive, and just 3 minutes later, Martinez sent a beautiful through ball ahead for Longa on the right side. This time, Longa didn’t give the keeper a chance, putting the ball just inside the near post to make the score 2-0.
Two minutes later, Martinez was at it again, sending a perfectly timed through ball ahead for Holmstead on the left side. After two good touches, Holmstead pounded the ball just inside the far post with his right foot for his 19th goal of the season. He continues to lead the Maryland/DC area in scoring even though the players just behind him are on teams that have played more games than the Cougars.
Once again, the QO defense was solid and well organized, even though one of their starting center backs, senior Ryan Kirk, was moved to midfield to replace Isaac Zuniga. The defenders maintained a high line to keep up the offensive pressure but got back quickly to stop the occasional counterattacks launched by the Rockets. The QO defenders rarely had to clear the ball out of bounds, instead usually gaining control and sending accurate passes back to their midfielders.
Just before the end of the game, RM had its best scoring opportunity when QO goalkeeper Scott Drazan was forced off his line to clear a pass into the right side of the box. His clearance was partially blocked, and the Rockets sent a rolling ball toward the open net, but senior defender Marco Capraro cleared it off the line to preserve the shutout.
Not counting the Cougars’ one loss, when Northwest scored on 2 penalty kicks and a free kick in overtime, the Cougars have only conceded 6 goals in 10 games. Including their one loss, their season total of goals for and against through 11 games is 40-9.
Schedule of Games
|Tues||09.06.2016||7:15 pm||@ Sherwood High School||Win, 4-1|
|Thurs||09.08.2016||7:15 p.m.||Walt Whitman High School||Win, 3-1|
|Mon||09.12.2016||7:15 p.m.||Northwest High School||Loss, 2-3|
|Wed||09.14.2016||7:15 p.m.||Gaithersburg Sr High School||Win, 3-1|
|Mon||09.21.2016||7:15 p.m.||@ Poolesville Sr High School||Win, 18-1|
|Thurs||09.22.2016||7:15 p.m.||Seneca Valley High School||Win, 2-0|
|Tues||09.27.2016||7:15 p.m.||@ Clarksburg High School||Win, 2-1|
|Thurs||09.29.2016||7:15 p.m.||@Thomas S Wootton High School||Win, 2-0|
|Tues||10.04.2016||7:15 p.m.||@ Damascus High School||Win, 2-0|
|Mon||10.10.2016||7:15 p.m.||@ Col Zadok Magruder High School||Win, 5-1|
|Thurs||10.13.2016||5:15 p.m.||@ Richard Montgomery High School||Win, 3-0|
|Thurs||10.20.2016||5:15 p.m.||Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School|