Vikings soccer falls 3-1 at Colonel Richardson
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 Pierre-Louis, 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.
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) been very, very close,” Warfield added. “And I think it’s good that the team’s experiencing this, because, down the stretch, these last three games and then playoffs, that maybe we’ll be battle-tested and something will start to come our way.”
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 the right side, booted it over to Maldonado, who bent one around Schwarz and into the net.
“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.”
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Jonathan Knox drives to the middle before scoring a goal against Colonel Richardson Monday, Oct. 8.