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Readers can expect a summary of each Quince Orchard boys’ soccer game for the 2016 season. Game summaries will usually be available the same night as the game. The author, Jeff Holmstead, is a long-time soccer fan and the proud father of a Quince Orchard soccer player. In an effort to... Read more

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Quince Orchard Boys Varsity Soccer Improves Record to 3-1

The Quince Orchard boys’ varsity soccer team improved their record to 3-1 by defeating Gaithersburg by a score of 3-1 in a home game on Wednesday night. The QO boys didn’t look as sharp as they had in their first 3 games, especially in the last 20 minutes, but still managed to come away with the win.

The QO goals came from midfielder Isaac Zuniga, who converted 2 penalty kicks, and forward Eli Holmstead, who scored on a header to notch his 7th goal of the season. For Gaithersburg, the player of the game was goalkeeper Ismael Hernandez, who stopped at least 5 hard shots from close range and kept the game close until the very end. Gaithersburg had only 4 shots on goal for the game, compared to 15 for the Cougars.

QO scored the game’s first goal in the 12th minute, when Hernandez blocked a hard shot from Holmstead, and QO forward Edwin Portillo moved quickly to secure the rebound in front of the net. He was taken down from behind in the box and awarded a penalty kick. Isaac Zuniga stepped up to take the penalty and calmly buried it to put QO ahead 1-0. Although QO dominated possession for the rest of the half and forced Hernandez to make several more tough saves, the score remained 1-0 when the period ended.

Two minutes after halftime, the younger half of the Zuniga duo, junior midfielder Samuel Zuniga, lofted a beautiful pass in the air to Holmstead, who headed it sharply past the keeper to make the score 2-0.

Two minutes later, QO defender Ronin Robertson made a heads-up play to keep Gaithersburg off the board. Cougar goalie Scott Drazan had come out of the box to clear a ball but didn’t reach it in time, and Gaithersburg sent a hard shot towards the open net. Robertson reacted quickly and managed to clear it just before it crossed the goal line.

Schedule of Games

Day Date Time Opponent Outcome
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 09.19.2016 7:15 p.m. @ Poolesville Sr High School
Thurs 09.22.2016 7:15 p.m. Seneca Valley High School
Tues 09.27.2016 7:15 p.m. @ Clarksburg High School
Thurs 09.29.2016 7:15 p.m. Thomas S Wootton High School
Tues 10.04.2016 7:15 p.m. @ Damascus High School
Mon 10.10.2016 7:15 p.m. @ Col Zadok Magruder High School
Thurs 10.13.2016 5:15 p.m. @ Richard Montgomery High School
Thurs 10.20.2016 5:15 p.m. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Jeff Holmstead

About Jeff Holmstead

Jeff Holmstead is a long-time soccer fan and the proud father of a Quince Orchard High School soccer player. In an effort to keep other soccer fans informed about the QO boys’ soccer team, he volunteered to write a brief summary of every QO game this season. In his professional life, he works as a lawyer and lobbyist on energy and environmental issues.


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