No OT necessary this time for Lackey boys soccer vs. St. Charles
Lackey boys soccer scores two first-half goals to beat St. Charles
Three weeks ago, the Lackey and St. Charles boys soccer teams played to a scoreless tie in a physical, defensive battle that ended without a winner after 80 regulation minutes plus 20 more minutes of overtime.
On Thursday night it was another defensive battle between the two Charles County rivals, but this time Lackey broke the ice on offense, scoring two firsthalf goals en route to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Spartans in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division contest in Indian Head.
It was the second straight victory for Lackey (2-4-1 overall, 1-1 SMAC Potomac), which picked up their first win over host Westlake in 9-0 in a nonconference game on Oct. 4.
“Once we scored those two early goals, we just held it from there,” said Lackey head coach Jon Juracko after Thursday’s win. “We’re riding high off our wins this week and before the game our goal was to get off as many shots on goal to throw them [St. Charles] off. It is a good win, they are a good team and they are a lot like us, very physical. So I was happy with tonight’s outcome.”
Juracko gave credit to his strong defensive and midfield unit that consisted of juniors Seth Weingarden and Trey Welch and seniors Pierce McLendon, John Dorsey, Brett Culhane and Andrew Little.
“I’m very proud of my defense. My best players are back there and don’t get a lot of recognition because they are on the defense and don’t have the opportunity to score,” Juracko said.
Lackey came out with a lot of pressure defensively early and, in the eighth minute of the game, Jacob Dobry scored off a rebound from a shot that deflected off the hands of St. Charles goalkeeper Kyle Frye (7 saves).
“The first game went to two overtimes, so it was good to get some early offense,” Dobry said. “St. Charles is a very good team and we wanted to come out and give it our all. Our line on the defense played very tough and limited a lot of scoring opportunities.”
The Chargers converted on another scoring opportunity as sophomore Evan Young got a good ball up field from sophomore Sam Guzzone and outran the St. Charles defense, nailing a shot with his left foot that hit the right corner of the net.
“I was able to split the defense and get a good shot on the first touch,” Young said. “Both teams know each other and it was another battle. This time we were able to come out on top.”
St. Charles (1-7-1, 1-3) scored with 16 minutes left in the game when junior striker Josue Funes headed a shot in the back of the net to bring it to within one goal.
The Spartans had several chances to tie the game late, but the Chargers defense was able to hang tough to secure the home win.
“It was playing one half and that kills us. You have to play two halves of soccer to be able to win,” St. Charles head coach Matt Chisholm said. “I’ve seen it all season and tonight we just lost to a much harder working team. They wanted it more and it is just frustrating.”
Lackey senior goalie Brayon Framer finished with eight saves in the victory.
Lackey hosted Westlake in a rematch on Tuesday afternoon, while St. Charles traveled to Patuxent. The Chargers is scheduled to be at Patuxent at 6 p.m. Thursday is not scheduled to play again until Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at North Point.
St. Charles junior midfielder Roy Henderson dribbles up field as Lackey’s Neko Hatton defends him in Thursday’s SMAC Potomac Division boys soccer game at Lackey High School. Lackey won the contest 2-1.
Lackey’s Evan Young, defended by St. Charles Kle Wood, delivers a shot in the middle stages of the first half in Thursday’s SMAC Potomac Division boys soccer game versus St. Charles. It would be the eventual game-winning goal in a 2-1 win in Indian Head.