No OT nec­es­sary this time for Lackey boys soc­cer vs. St. Charles

Lackey boys soc­cer scores two first-half goals to beat St. Charles

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­ Twitter: @aj­ma­son301

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.

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