Quince Orchard Boys Varsity Soccer Improves Record to 9-1 with Win at Magruder
In a game between two division leaders on Monday night, the Quince Orchard (QO) boys’ soccer team beat Magruder 5-1, at Magruder, to improve its record to 9-1. Magruder fell to 7-3 but remains in first place in the Montgomery County North Division. The Cougars put on another dominating performance, with very composed defense, clinical play at midfield, and constant offensive pressure.
With his third hat trick of the year, senior forward Eli Holmstead broke the 20-year-old Quince Orchard single-season scoring record of 16 set back in 1996 by former QO Coach Kirk Myers. With 3 goals on Monday night – coming off beautiful assists from Samuel Zuniga and Everest Longa – Holmstead now has 18 goals and 5 assists for the year, and the Cougars still have two more regular-season games before they enter the playoffs. He continues to lead the Maryland/DC area in scoring.
Junior forward Everest Longa started the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 10th minute. The play started when one of the Magruder defenders passed the ball back to the goalkeeper. Instead of dropping back, Longa pressured the defender and then the keeper and managed to block the keeper’s attempt to clear the ball. He then beat the keeper and an onrushing defender to the ball and pounded it into the back of the net to put the Cougars ahead 1-0.
QO’s second goal came 5 minutes later, when junior midfielder Samuel Zuniga played a nice ball over the top to Holmstead, who had made a run down the left side. Holmstead fought through a defender and managed to toe poke the bouncing ball just inside the near post to make the score 2-0.
QO scored again just 4 minutes later, with 21 minutes still to play in the half. Senior Alex Martinez, who again orchestrated the Cougar offense from his position at center midfield, sent a nice ball into the right side of the box for Longa. As Longa dribbled to his left to get past two defenders, he was bumped hard in the box but managed to poke the ball toward Holmstead before going to the ground. Holmstead stepped up and one-touched the ball past the goalkeeper from 10 yards out to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead going into halftime.
Shortly after halftime, Martinez took a free kick from about 8 yards outside the left corner of the box and hit a rocket that struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced back into the box just outside the goal line. For the Cougars’ free-kick artist, it was the second game in a row in which he was just inches from scoring on a free kick.
Eleven minutes into the 2nd half, Magruder got its lone goal when the Cougar defense made its only mistake of the game and couldn’t clear a ball that came into the box. Magruder junior Marcos Valladares sent a nice rolling ball from in front of the net toward the right corner of the box, and fellow junior Herbert Cruz one-touched the ball just inside the near post to put Magruder on the scoreboard.
The Cougars struck back with 17 minutes to go, when Everest Longa sent a beautiful through ball down the right side for Holmstead. Holmstead raced past one defender and had a good first touch to get past a second defender and set up a one-on-one chance against the keeper. As the keeper came off his line to cut off the shooting angles, Holmstead softly chipped the ball over his head and into the back of the net to make the score 4-1.
The final goal came with just 30 seconds left in the game, when Magruder was called for a clear handball in the box. Martinez stepped forward to take his first penalty kick of the year and calmly pounded the ball just inside the left goal post to make the final score 5-1. It was his 6th goal of the season to go along with 5 assists.
The QO defense, anchored by senior co-captains Marco Capraro and Ryan Kirk, was outstanding and allowed only 4 shots and 2 shots on goal. The Cougars ended the game with 19 shots and 11 on goal.
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|
|Thurs||10.20.2016||5:15 p.m.||Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School|