Im­proved Skip­jacks wear down Al­le­gany in opener

Munoz’s two goals spark Ch­e­sa­peake

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MIDCAP

Ches. 4 — Al­le­gany 1

WYE MILLS — There have been plenty of games in re­cent years where the Skip­jacks’ op­po­nent could rely on its greater depth, quick­ness and pol­ish to reg­is­ter a men’s soc­cer vic­tory. In an en­joy­able role re­ver­sal, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege was able to par­lay those strengths into a 4-1 win Thurs­day af­ter­noon over vis­it­ing Al­le­gany Col­lege of Mary­land in the sea­son opener for both teams.

Fresh­man for­ward Ra­mon Munoz pro­vided a lot of the speed and a pair of goals as he came off the bench to spark the Skip­jacks’ of­fense. Brian Me­jia (goal, two as­sists) also played a piv­otal of­fen­sive role, fig­ur­ing in all three sec­ond-half goals as the Skip­jacks pulled away from a 1-1 half­time stale­mate.

“I’m not the best player, but I try to work hard all of the time,” said Munoz, who didn’t play high school soc­cer at Old Mill High in Anne Arun­del County but said he’s played sports all of his life. “We’ve got great ath­letes and a good group of peo­ple on this team.”

Munoz scored Ch­e­sa­peake’s first-half goal seven min­utes be­fore half­time, but Al­le­gany seemed to cap­ture the mo­men­tum on Matthew Simp­son’s equal­izer just four min­utes later. Ch­e­sa­peake, how­ever, came out and dom­i­nated the first five min­utes of the sec­ond half to re­gain con­trol.

“I got on them at half­time,” said Ken­net Fo­suhene, Ch­e­sa­peake’s first-year head coach. “I didn’t think we were liv­ing up to our po­ten­tial. We made a few tech­ni­cal ad­just­ments, scored early, and got some mo­men­tum.”

Al­le­gany goalie Austin Crotts turned aside two Me­jia shots in the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half, but he didn’t stop Me­jia’s next shot. Phillip Whitby (goal, as­sist) sent a cross from the left wing to the mid­dle of the box and Me­jia headed it past Crotts 3:35 into the sec­ond half to give Ch­e­sa­peake a 2-1 lead.

“That goal was thanks to Phil,” Me­jia said of Whitby’s cross. “That as­sist was awe­some.”

Me­jia nearly gave Ch­e­sa­peake a 3-1 lead with 20 min­utes re­main­ing only to hit his shot off the right post. Just over a minute later, how­ever, he fed Munoz for his sec­ond goal to give the Skip­jacks a two-goal cush­ion.

Ch­e­sa­peake broke the game open with just over 10 min­utes re­main­ing when Me­jia dumped the ball over the last Tro­jan de­fender to Whitby, who pushed the ball past Crotts and in­side the right post to make it 4-1.

“In the sec­ond half, we just got tired,” said Al­le­gany head coach Rick Zim­mer­man, who had half as many sub­sti­tutes avail­able as Ch­e­sa­peake’s 20-player ros­ter pro­vided.

Zim­mer­man in­di­cated his squad needed to do more with their scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We had some real nice com­bi­na­tions, but we just have to work on fin­ish­ing,” Zim­mer­man said.

The first-game vic­tory was es­pe­cially im­pres­sive given that Fo­suhene — hired as head coach over the sum­mer — has pulled play­ers from all five of the col­lege’s sup­port coun­ties as well as Anne Arun­del County, Delaware, Ge­or­gia and Hon­duras.

“This group has a lot of po­ten­tial. They’re striv­ing for great­ness,” said the 21-yearold Fo­suhene, who was born in Lon­don and moved with his fam­ily to Ge­or­gia five years ago.

“This is a great start, and a great vic­tory,” said Fo­suhene, whose squad next plays at Mont­gomery Col­lege (1-1-1 over­all, 1-0 league) Sept. 13. “Still, it’s just one game.”

Notes: Ch­e­sa­peake’s four­goal out­burst was dou­ble the Skip­jacks’ goal to­tal for the en­tire 2015 sea­son . . . . The Skip­jacks won twice last year — on the field with a 1-0 win over Ce­cil and off the field with a for­feit vic­tory over Mont­gomery . . . Ch­e­sa­peake has now played Al­le­gany in two straight games over two sea­sons, hav­ing closed out the 2015 cam­paign with a 3-1 loss at Al­le­gany.

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