ROCKVILLE – The Rockville Rams defeated the Colonel Zadok Magruder Colonels 3-1 in boys varsity soccer at Rockville High School Thursday evening.
With all the goals coming the second half, the Rams took the lead before Colonels equalized. The score remained even until Rockville responded with two goals in thirteen minutes.
"Every game we're getting a little better, playing more people, the new kids are getting adjusted to the system," said Rockville coach Julio Zarate. "We're hoping in the next two games, we're going to play our top," he added.
"I thought we showed character coming back taking the win from a 1-1 draw," said Rockville senior midfielder Bryce Orsini.
Throughout the match, numerous fouls forced the referees to intervene and calm the tension.
"They [Magruder] had more people in the midfield and we knew that I was going to get man-marked," Bryce Orsini said.
Both teams began the match with early attacks.
The Colonels had the first opportunity when junior forward Tiago Silva saw his shot deflect wide off the post.
Midway through the first half, the Rams began to gain possession and press forward. Seven minutes from the break, Bryce Orsini had his free-kick saved by Colonels' goalkeeper J.C. Cortez.
Just three minutes into the second half, a foul in the Magruder goal box prompted the referee to point to the penalty spot.
Orsini sent the ball toward the post but was on hand to score after a rebound off Cortez.
The Colonels pressed forward and their efforts paid off when senior winger Herber Cruz took advantage of a defensive lapse on the left flank to score from range.
Looking to take the lead, Magruder kept the home team under pressure forcing Rams senior goalkeeper Parker Shugars into action.
Rockville took the lead when senior midfielder Stephen Orsini scored with a powerful shot just outside the box.
The Rams finalized the score when sophomore forward Felix Rivera found space to for junior forward Joaquin De Guzman to score from close range.
"We came out here, we played hard, we missed a couple good chances," said Magruder coach David Edlow. "We're a little disappointed with the result but we'll go back to work, get better every day and improve to get ready for the playoffs.
"It was a hard fought battle but the difference between the finishing was the difference between the game," said Magruder junior captain Evan Koehn.
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