ROCKVILLE – The visiting Northwest Jaguars mounted a second-half comeback to defeat the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets 5-1 in boys varsity soccer Tuesday evening.
After a scoreless first half, the Rockets took the lead shortly after the break. The Jaguars then responded with five goals in 17 minutes to decisively win the match.
"It was kind of what we were waiting for all year," said Northwest coach Kert Mease. "I think that we moved the ball around as well as anybody," he added.
Teams started the match exchanging goal opportunities at each end of the field.
Rockets' junior forward Robert Beringer and midfielder Christopher Gillaspy pressed early but failed to convert their chances.
Close to the halftime break, the Jaguars began to slowly settle into the match and dominate possession.
Senior forward Duncan Dunkwu and senior midfielder Yaniv Gonyoe both managed to penetrate into the Rockets' box but were unable to find the net.
Following the break, both teams came out looking to score goals.
After six minutes, the Rockets' efforts paid off when senior defender Chris Palomo took advantage of the Jaguars' poor corner marking to slot the ball into the net.
Seven minutes later, the Jaguars responded when senior midfielder Gavin Shirley dribbled through the Rockets' backline and equalized with a powerful shot in the far corner.
The Jaguars advanced forward and took the lead when junior forward Joshua Kalubayaka found himself with space to execute a perfect volley.
Struggling to maintain their formation, the Rockets' attempted to push forward but the Jaguars' backline remained organized and attentive.
Northwest senior captain Sahill Vashee put himself on the scoresheet off a corner kick after finding himself unmarked in the Rockets' box to calmly tap the ball into the net.
"I thought we played really great, we played our brand of soccer," said Vashee. "We haven't had the results we wanted but we definitely cleaned things up today," he added.
To assure their victory, the Jaguars extended their lead with junior forward Joshua Kalubayaka scoring his second goal of the match and senior forward Duncan Dunkwu finding the net with twelve minutes remaining.
"We folded after the second goal, it was a little mistake on our part," said Richard Montgomery coach Brian Urioste. "Tactically we weren't there in the second half, but we're going to be working hard," he added.
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