Gar-Field Strikes Big in Second Half
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.