Vik­ings soc­cer falls 3-1 at Colonel Richard­son

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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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Jonathan Knox drives to the mid­dle be­fore scor­ing a goal against Colonel Richard­son Mon­day, Oct. 8.

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