Colonel beats Per­ryvile to reach sec­ond round

Arnold, Todd net goals, as Colonels elim­i­nate Pan­thers

Times-Record - - SPORTS - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — The fourth-seeded Colonel Richard­son High boys’ soc­cer team ad­vanced in the Class 1A East Sec­tion I semi­fi­nals Thurs­day with a 2-0 vic­tory over No. 5 Per­ryville.

Sam Arnold opened the scor­ing in the first half on a penalty kick, and Con­ner Todd added a goal mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Colonel (7-5-1) trav­els to top-seeded Pat­ter­son Mill on Tues­day for a 4 p.m. semi­fi­nal.

“Be­ing a play­off game, we started con­ser­va­tive, but re­ally got go­ing as the first half went on,” Colonel head coach Ryan Blanch­field said. “Once we got the PK, we loos­ened up, and be­gan play­ing our game. I’m happy for my se­niors to get the win in their last home game”

The scor­ing op­por­tu­nity came in the 23rd minute when Colonel’s Har­ley Mal­don­ado took a lead pass and raced to­ward the goal. As he en­tered the box, he got tripped from be­hind, set­ting up the penalty kick.

Arnold’s num­ber got called, and he de­liv­ered a goal for a 1-0 lead.

“Sam is lethal with PKs,” Blanch­field said. “We work on it at the end of prac­tice, and he is al­ways scor­ing. He scored the PK ear­lier this year in our win against North Caro­line.

“He is one of the best lead­ers I’ve ever had — him and Gar­rett Nepert,” Blanch­field added of Arnold. “We have faith in him. He is our go-to guy.”

After the half, the Pan­thers gained mo­men­tum with rushes by Greg Ri­ley Jr. and Nick Ro­mano. Colonel’s back line of Colby Rick­wood, Karl Banks, Josh Saun­ders and Arnold foiled Per­ryville’s at­tack by cut­ting off al­leys to the net.

“Colby and Karl played well to­gether,” Blanch­field said. “Sam is the glue back there as the sweeper. Saun­ders at the top of the di­a­mond played re­ally well.”

The Colonels kept stretch­ing the field with their coun­ter­at­tacks, earn­ing sev­eral cor­ner kicks and throw-ins near the goal.

Todd con­verted a throwin for the sec­ond goal when a Tanny Pierre-Louis pass found open space. Todd crashed the net, and scored with a stretch­ing left-footer for a 2-0 lead.

“Con­ner stepped up in a big spot for us,” Blanch­field said. “He works his tail off. It was huge. Con­ner Todd proves to you hard work pays off.”

Colonel goal­keeper Bren­nen Wright stopped all eight shots he faced to earn a shutout.

St. Michaels 1, North Dorch­ester 0

ST. MICHAELS — Win­field De­varic headed in the gamewin­ner off Max Lemire’s cor­ner kick with 35 sec­onds re­main­ing in dou­ble over­time, lift­ing the fourth-seeded Saints in the Class 1A East Sec­tion II quar ter­fi­nals.

Nolan Sawatsky made 10 saves for St. Michaels (5-71), which will travel to topseeded Po­comoke on Tues­day for a 5:30 p.m. semi­fi­nal.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Con­ner Todd kicks a left-footer for a goal Thurs­day against Per­ryville.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Sam Arnold fires a shot for a goal Thurs­day against Per­ryville.

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