Colonels never trail in home win
AMERICAN CORNER — Colonel Richardson High senior Harley Maldonado joked before Monday’s game against Cambridge-South Dorchester that he was going to score three goals.
Two out of three, plus an assist, ain’t bad either.
Maldonado scored the first and last goals of Colonels’ 3-1 win, and fed teammate Tanny Pierre-Louis on the other, as Colonel improved to 5-4 overall, 4-2 North Bayside.
The loss was the eighth straight for the Vikings (1-8, 0-6).
Maldonado’s set-piece goal, coming off an indirect kick by PierreLouis, made it 1-0 in the game’s sixth minute.
It remained that way for about 15 more minutes, until Pierre-Louis took to the air. Leaping up to get a better angle with a right-footed tap, Pierre-Louis redirected a Maldonado pass just beyond the reach of C-SD starting goalkeeper Ian Young (seven saves) to make it 2-0.
“I thought we possessed the ball well, something we haven’t done a lot this year, especially with the conditions the way they were,” Colonel Richardson head coach Ryan Blanchfield said.
“Remy (Mangum), Davis (Newcomb), and Noah (Webb) did a great job,” Blanchfield added. “Our strikers just controlled the game. I thought we played 60 minutes of good soccer.”
Not 80 minutes, the time of a regulation high school contest?
“No, I said 60,” Blanchfield said. “I think there in the first half, when we got up a couple of goals, we kind of fell back, almost went to sleep out there. But after that, in the second half, we were right back at it.”
C-SD got on the board just a few seconds before halftime as Jonathan Knox threaded his way across the center of the 18-yard box and struck in a right-footer which made it 2-1.
“Knox made a good run, and finished,” C-SD head coach Greg Warfield said. “It’s kind of the way our season’s been going: a call or two one way or the other and everything could’ve been different.
“I saw a couple of calls on Knox that I thought could’ve been penalty kicks, but they weren’t,” Warfield said, “and that really means that we’ve got to get better at capitalizing on our opportunities when we have them.
“Our last three games (have)
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C-SD’s last two games were losses — 4-3 in overtime to Kent County on Oct. 1, and 3-2 to Pocomoke on Oct. 3.
Pierre-Louis almost made it 3-1 a minute into the second half, with a right-footed blast which hit the crossbar right above backup keeper Kane Schwarz (four saves), which caromed right back to him. A follow-up header failed to find the twine, and the ball was cleared.
Maldonado got the final goal to cap a big offensive push with 21:46 to go. Carl Banks, moving along
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the right side, booted it over to Maldonado, who bent one around Schwarz and into the net.
Colonel’s next game is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Queen Anne’s County. C-SD hosts St. Michaels on Wednesday for a 4 p.m.
“The boys really want (to beat) a 2A,” Blanchfield said. “They’ve been talking about it since August 8. They really want to be able to say they beat a 2A, so we’re gonna give it a try Wednesday.”
“I’d like to think we’ll be able to compete with the other 1As in the playoffs,” Warfield said. “You figure, tonight, we lost 3-1, so two goals — that’s the most we’ve lost by to a 1A. We’ve been in the games.”
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Week 6: Season: Career:
7-1. 38-6 (.864). 954-195 (.830).
Colonel Richardson’s Harley Maldonado (5) drive the middle against Cambridge-South Dorchester Monday, Oct. 8. Maldonado scored twice in the 3-1 victory.
Colonel Richardson’s Tanny Pierre-Louis (13) fires a shot into the net for a goal against Cambridge-South Dorchester Monday, Oct. 8.