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Skipjacks' growing pains show in loss to Cecil
Chesapeake College plays Seahawks close for a half in 9-0 setback

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks continue to experience growing pains.

Chesapeake College, fielding a men’s soccer team for the first time in several years, was blanked by visiting Cecil College, 9-0, Friday afternoon. The Skipjacks have been outscored, 16-1, in their first two games.

"We had a lot of challenges just trying to get a team together," said Chesapeake’s first-year head coach, Aldrick Crooks. "We’ve got a young team. Players are still trying to understand the style of soccer I want them to play."

Jim Heath, an assistant coach with Cecil College, was empathic.

"We know what they’re going through. We (Heath and head coach Scott Welch, both in their second year with the Seahawks) were there last year," said Heath, whose team improved to 2-2-1 overall and 1-2 in Maryland JuCo.

Chris Farrell (assist) and Jason Kilby each scored two goals for Cecil, while teammates Bobby Ripley and Dereck Webster each had a goal and two assists. T.J. Thompson (assist), Dereck Arnold, and Nate Dant also scored goals for the Seahawks.

Cecil goalie Rolen Beck made two saves in earning the shutout. Chesapeake goalie Nik Lapora made six saves against Cecil, which finished with a 31-7 advantage in shots.

Chesapeake (0-2, 0-2) stayed close for a half Friday, trailing just 2-0 at the break. The Seahawks, however, dominated the second half with a seven-goal explosion.

"We were right there at the half," said Crooks, who thought the Skipjacks had a chance to make their move in the second half. "It just didn’t happen."

Crooks praised the play of Ben Newport, Jordan Johnson and Michael Turner.

"Ben did a really good job in his first game with the team," said Crooks. "Jordan and Michael did a nice job trying to push forward on offense."

Chesapeake plays at the College of Southern Maryland Saturday at 2 p.m.

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