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Bethesda-Chevy Chase defeats Severna Park to win boys soccer state title

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B CC Barons vs. Severna Park Falcons

BALTIMORE – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons boys soccer team defeated the Severna Park Falcons Saturday evening at Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex with the final score 1-0, as a last-minute goal by senior forward Liam Brocker gave the Barons their first Maryland 4A championship in ten years.

The game-winning goal came three minutes after a heart-stopping moment for the Barons, when it had looked like Severna Park senior midfielder Keaton Bathras had scored, breaking the 0-0 stalemate that had prevailed for the previous 77 minutes.

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B-CC defeat Sherwood 1-0 to advance to state final

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B CC Barons vs. Sherwood WarriorsUPPER MARLBORO — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons boys soccer team advanced to the Maryland state championship came on Saturday by defeating Sherwood Warriors 1-0 in a semifinal match held at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School.

Following a scoreless first half, the Barons scored once in the second half and held on to secure their narrow victory.

“My boys played with a lot of heart today, discipline but everything else heart and love of each other,” said B-CC coach Gui Melendez. “That’s why we won, that simple.”

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B-CC boys soccer wins region with 3-0 victory over G’burg

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B CC Barons vs. Gburg TrojansROCKVILLE — The third seeded Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons boys soccer team advanced to the state semifinals Wednesday night at Richard Montgomery High School as they defeated the Gaithersburg Trojans 3-0.

Early on in the game, Gaithersburg controlled the pace of play. It was the Trojans who had the bulk of the early opportunities to score. However, each and every time that Gaithersburg launched an attack, the Barons defense stifled it.

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B-CC Barons defeat Churchill 2-0, advance to soccer regional finals

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B CC Barons vs. Churchill BulldogsROCKVILLE — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the Churchill Bulldogs 2-0 in the third round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s boys varsity soccer playoffs Friday evening at Thomas S. Wootton High School.

Battling for a place in the regional finals, the Barons took control with a goal early in the first half. As the Bulldogs searched for a way back into the match, the Barons doubled their lead in the second half to secure the victory to progress to the regional final.

“My boys came out hungry, came out disciplined, and they had a will that said ‘we’re not going to lose tonight,” said B-CC head coach Gui Melendez.

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Soccer 4 Change provides a safe haven for vulnerable teens

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The happy chatter, mostly in Spanish, and the brightly-colored shirts mask the turmoil reeling within the 300 high school students who participate in Soccer 4 Change, Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s program for vulnerable young people.

The participants, who are touched by a world of drugs and violence, are learning “the value of teamwork, the value of working together and the value of setting goals,” said County Recreation Director Gabe Albornoz. “We are seeing kids that are engaged, coming out of their shells.”

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BCC Barons defeat Kennedy Cavaliers in first round playoffs, 2-0

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B CC vs. Kennedy boys soccer 10 26 17Kennedy Cavaliers' Jordy Cisneros (2) goes up against B-CC Barons’ Jack Tchantchuing (7). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the John F. Kennedy Cavaliers at Walt Whitman High School Thursday evening in the boys varsity soccer first round playoffs, 2-0.

“I think we did pretty well today, we kept our composure but I still think we need to use our movements around the ball better so we can play into space,” said B-CC head coach Guillermo Melendez.

After a scoreless first half, the Barons found the net twice in the second half to progress to the second round of the playoffs.

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DC United’s last game at RFK ends in a loss 2-1 against NY Red Bulls

 DSC8432DC United'S Chris Korb collides with Red Bulls forward Gonzalo Verón while stopping the attack by Verón. Both players went to the ground, no foul called. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

Despite a solid display of athleticism and more than a bit of aggression from both teams, DC United (9-20-5) was unable to leave Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium with one more win. In the last Major League Soccer match Sunday afternoon on the pitch at RFK in front of 41,418 spectators, the New York Red Bulls (14-12-8) defeated DC United 2-1.
Led by first-time captain Marcelo Sarvas, DC United opened the match with a parry-and-thrust attack that kept the Red Bulls on their side of the field more often than not. Each time the Red Bulls moved the ball onto the DC United’s side, DC responded by turning the ball back and moving the match back to the other end of the pitch.
The fires of frustration crept into the match ignited by a tangled dust-up between United’s forward Paul Arriola and Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence. Chasing the ball from opposite ends resulted in a loud, violent collision that brought both players to the ground, skidding across the end line and into advertising barriers surrounding the field. Arriola lay crumpled against the wall, not moving much.

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Gaithersburg Trojans edge out Wheaton Knights in boys soccer, 2-1

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Gburg Trojans vs. Wheaton KnightsGAITHERSBURG – The Gaithersburg Trojans managed a 2-1 victory at home over the Wheaton Knights in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon.

After neither team opened the deadlock in the first half, the Trojans pressed forward following the break and scored twice before conceding a late goal to the Knights.

“It wasn’t our best performance but we never gave up,” said Gaithersburg coach Eric Cava. “We always have heart but we needed to make more collective passes and we needed to finish when we get in front of the goal.”

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WJ Wildcats eke out 1-0 victory over RM Rockets late in the game

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WJ Wildcats vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE – The visiting Walter Johnson Wildcats secured a late victory 1-0 Thursday evening over the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets in boys varsity soccer.

After two evenly-matched halves, which saw the teams exchange attacks and goal opportunities, Walter Johnson scored a late goal three minutes before the final whistle.

“I thought we generated some good chances and had some difficulty finishing those chances but ultimately we didn’t give up anything,” said Walter Johnson head coach Hector Morales, Jr. “I was ready for the tie and it was nice that we were able to put one away late.”

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Landon Bears triumphs over Bullis Bulldogs in boys soccer, 3-0

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Bullis vs. Landon boys soccer 10 13 17Bullis' Matt Welch (14) contends with the Landon defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Landon Bears triumphed 3-0 at home over the Bullis Bulldogs in boys varsity soccer Friday afternoon.

Playing under misty rainfall, the Bears dominated the first half after taking an early lead. Their momentum continued as they scored two second half goals to secure a convincing victory over the Bulldogs.

“The game was close for a long time,” said Landon coach Bill Reed. “Bullis came out hard and we matched each others’ energy.”

“I thought we really got it done, every one on the team loves each other so we’re always looking for each other,” said Landon senior midfielder Zach Johnson.

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