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Good Coaching Has No Gender: Ocampos-Barry restores glory to Bladensburg boys’ soccer

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Juliana Ocampos BarryRIVERDALE – José Argueta lay motionless after being slammed to the ground following a hard challenge during the Bladensburg boys’ soccer team’s 2-1 loss at Parkdale on Sept. 22.

As Assistant Coach Craig Tupper yelled at one of the referees, Bladensburg Head Coach Juliana Ocampos-Barry rushed onto the field to check on her injured striker.

She helped Argueta up and walked him toward the sidelines. After a final check, Ocampos-Barry allowed him back onto the field before returning to a methodical, quiet stance and crossing her arms.

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VIDEO: DeMatha’s defense derails McDonogh in 17-14 victory

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MylesMiree 2LANDOVER – Trailing 14-7 at halftime, DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks challenged his team to step up and defend their home field following a poor showing in the opening half. Last year’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions had committed seven penalties and threw an interception on their final first-half drive.

With all the troubles the Stags faced, their defense rose to the occasion.

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IHSLP boys’ soccer aim for championships after año uno

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Santos Munoz 1FORESTVILLE – As the International High School at Langley Park (IHSLP) school bus finished its 25-minute bus ride, pulling up in front of an empty soccer field at an abandoned school, Antonio Cruz zipped out, headed toward the goal posts and dared his teammates to score against him.

One-by-one, the junior, 17, made save after save with ease before being corralled by his coaches to start warmups. He smiled after the last save, getting up off the grass and joining his teammates.

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Stags strive for fifth straight WCAC Championship

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Copy of DM Tyler LenhartHYATTSVILLE – At the end of a long day of practice, DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks stood in front of the blazing sun, reminding his team of the preparation basics for the next day: hydrate before and after practice, eat breakfast and come to practice on time.

A commanding “Yes, Sir” from each player following every statement echoed across the practice field. The team quickly huddled together and chanted “repeat” before dispersing.

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