UPPER MARLBORO – After months of weather postponements, this year’s senior class of soccer players celebrated the end of their high school careers by playing in the annual Prince George's County All-Star Game on May 4.
Representing 12 of the county’s high schools, the senior stars played an entertaining exhibition game with more than 15 shots on target and 10 combined saves. At the end of the 80-minute showdown, it would be Team George’s, who wore blue jerseys, defeating the orange Team Prince, 6-1, at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School.
Eleanor Roosevelt striker Baxter Hamilton scored the opening goal for Team George’s in the opening 15 minutes. The Raiders captain was the team’s offensive lynchpin since scoring 22 goals his sophomore season for the Raiders.
“It’s really sad to be finishing up (my high school career),” Hamilton said. “But I am happy with the good team performance. Even though we are on different teams, we came together, had good chemistry, and I’m happy with (how my career ended).”
Potomac midfielder Kevin Hernandez (top right) added a first-half brace to put Team George’s up by three goals. DuVal midfielder Boima Roban scored Team Prince’s only goal before halftime, storming down the left sideline, beating two defenders and he struck his shot off two posts for the score.
Team George’s continued their scoring in the second half with Friendly striker Christopher Garcia finishing back-to-back goals, putting the game out of reach.
With Prince George’s Community College’s (PGCC) new Men’s Soccer Head Coach Tony Galeano in attendance, seniors like Garcia used the all-star game as a measuring stick against highly-ranked players to stand out. Both temas played their hearts out for their respective schools.
“It’s great to see us all united as one, representing Prince George’s County and meeting players I never met before,” Garcia said. “It was an unforgettable experience.”