Skipjacks on the right side of a rout
Chesapeake outguns Frederick, 8-2; hosts powerhouse CCBC-Essex Thursday
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks, nearly always on the wrong end of lopsided scores in recent years, found out how the other half lives Tuesday afternoon.
Freshman midfielder Mohamad Dajani scored five goals as host Chesapeake College drilled outmanned Frederick Community College, 8-2. The rout, against a Cougar squad that only brought eight players to the party, gave the Skipjacks a 2-0 record heading into Thursday’s 4 p.m. test against perennial power Community College of Baltimore County-Essex.
"We’re a hungry team," said Dajani, a Cambridge-South Dorchester High graduate. "We’ve heard a lot about past experiences, including last year’s 0-13 (record). We’re out to prove doubters wrong."
Jake Windsor, one of three sophomores who suffered through last year’s winless season, indicated the difference between last year and this season is like the difference between night and day.
"We’ve got a new coach (Mike Moulton), a new situation and people who are much more dedicated to the sport," said the Chesapeake defender, who is a North Dorchester High graduate.
Mike Turner, Diego Hernandez and Jake Williams each added a goal for the Skipjacks, who finished with a 28-6 shots advantage. Goalie Jordan Durner, given a 5-0 halftime lead by his teammates, made four saves to record the win.
Moulton worried that his Skipjacks "played to the level of the competition" for long stretches and were called for an unusually high number of offsides penalties.
"They wanted to show Mom and Dad and their girlfriends what they could do and they were overanxious," said Moulton. "We usually use a lot of short passes and a lot of movement. We don’t usually bang it down the field like we did so often today."
Still, Moulton couldn’t help but be happy with the outcome.
"It’s amazing that Chesapeake was on the other end of an 8-2 score," said Moulton with a laugh. "Usually it’s been us on the short end."
The Skipjacks will need to take their game to a higher level against Essex, which has beaten Chesapeake by a combined score of 28-0 over the last three meetings.
"Thursday will be a different story," said Dajani.
LA PLATA The Skipjacks (1-4) earned their first win of the season last Saturday, beating Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville in four games to claim seventh place in the College of Southern Maryland Invitational.
Chesapeake beat the Cardinals, 27-25, 17-25, 25-17 and 25-20. In doing so, the Skipjacks avenged last Thursday’s four-game loss to Catonsville.
The Skipjacks were swept by Potomac State College, CCBC-Essex, and Pitt/North Carolina in earlier-round action.
Del Tech-Terry Campus swept the Skipjacks Monday night in a non-conference encounter. The Skipjacks host Frederick Community College Thursday night at 7 p.m.
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