ROCKVILLE – The Rockville Rams completed a 3-2 comeback in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon to defeat the Richard Montgomery Rockets.
Dominating possession and opening the score in the first half, Rockville went behind but managed to score. The Rams' efforts paid off as they scored the only goal in the second half to win the match.
"We went down early but we had to keep working hard and I think coming back and holding out for 20-plus minutes says a lot about our team and our character," said senior midfielder Bryce Orsini.
Orsini, second half scorer, said he was lucky to pick up a sloppy back pass from a Rockets defender to score his first goal and continued to exploit the space left open by RM defenders to slot in his second.
"We played up to par with them [RM Rockets], we went down on the score and we came and finally scored the winning goal," said Rockville head coach Julio Zarate. "What we did very well was the team kept the pace," he added.
Both teams had a player ejected. Richard Montgomery senior defender Hirmand Saleh received a direct red card for a bad tackle. Rockville senior midfielder Ronald Martinez was sent off for dissent towards the match official after receiving an earlier yellow.
Playing as the home team, Rockville began the match with several close opportunities to keep the Rockets goalkeeper busy. After 17 minutes, Rams forward Felix Rivera found the net from close range.
The Rockets responded just seven minutes later to level the score when senior winger Jose Paniagua managed to outpace Rockville's defenders and send the ball over goalkeeper Parker Shugars.
Richard Montgomery built on their momentum when senior defender Michael Aidoo scored off a corner kick after a disorganized Rockville defense failed to clear the ball.
Just three minutes from halftime, Orsini found the net after a mistimed pass. After the break, the Rams continued to press forward and Orsini managed to dribble through an open Rockets back line to find the winner.
"Today's game is still a work in progress, I just got the team like three weeks ago, so they're still working on the system and what to play, but it's looking better each day," said Richard Montgomery coach Brian Urioste. "Some of these kids, they lose composure after two minutes or five minutes. Two of our center backs pushed up to, we didn't have any cover," he added.