Gar-Field Strikes Big in Sec­ond Half

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports - By Rich Camp­bell

The eighth-ranked Gar-Field boys’ soc­cer team says last sea­son’s trip to the Vir­ginia AAA cham­pi­onship game is his­tory. The In­di­ans aren’t think­ing about it be­cause this year’s squad has dif­fer­ent com­po­nents.

The In­di­ans’ dom­i­nant sec­ond half against No. 9 Lan­g­ley yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, though, was rem­i­nis­cent of last year and showed their po­ten­tial to du­pli­cate that suc­cess.

Gar-Field scored four times in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing a sen­sa­tional fin­ish by se­nior mid­fielder Chris Pi­riz, to roll past the Sax­ons, 4-0, in the Bat­tle of the Belt­way Tour­na­ment at Stringfel­low Park in Cen­tre­ville.

“We don’t need to think about last year,” Gar-Field Coach Mark Markiewicz said. “We don’t have the same per­son­nel, so we need to find a way to make this one work.”

The In­di­ans (3-0-1) beat Lan­g­ley (2-5) two hours af­ter they beat Stu­art, 1-0. The two shutouts thrilled Markiewicz, who is ex­per­i­ment­ing with line­ups in the back af­ter grad­u­at­ing three de­fend­ers. Sweeper Al­pha Ka­mara led a group that yielded only four shots to GarField’s 13.

Gar-Field’s of­fense, which re­mains mostly in­tact from last year, took over in the sec­ond half. Chris Flem­ming scored in the 48th minute, and se­nior All-Met mid­fielder Eber Martinez fol­lowed in the 60th minute by blast­ing a free kick from 20 yards that snuck through the Lan­g­ley goal­keeper’s hands.

Pi­riz ap­plied the flash in the 72nd minute. Af­ter a cross from for­ward J.C. Cabr­era, he trans­ferred the ball from his right foot to his left foot with­out let­ting it touch the ground. Then he volleyed it out of the air with his right foot, and it bent inside the right post.

“I wanted to try to get a shot, so when I had the chance I took it,” Pi­riz said. “Hope­fully it’s one of the best ones of the day.”

In the morn­ing, ju­nior for­ward An­thony Payne scored twice to lift No. 2 Os­bourn Park to a 2-0 win over county ri­val Wood­bridge.

Payne’s sec­ond-half in­sur­ance goal was the high­light. With his back to a Wood­bridge de­fender near the top of the penalty area, he flicked a shot over his and the goal­keeper’s head into the net.

“I just tried to feel him on my back and do what I could with it,” Payne said.

Payne be­came the fifth Os­bourn Park player to score three or more goals in the team’s first four games. That bal­anced scor­ing has com­ple­mented the Yel­low Jack­ets’ typ­i­cally stout de­fense.

Wood­bridge (3-1) man­aged just three shots, and the Yel­low Jack­ets (5-0), led by se­nior sweeper Mike Dinuzzo, recorded their third straight shutout.

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