League-leading Essex staves off Skipjacks, 1-0
Chesapeake College’s effort draws praise from Knights’ coach
WYE MILLS A season-opening win at Anne Arundel Community College provided a nice confidence boost, and an 8-2 romp over visiting Frederick Community College was certainly fun. The Skipjacks, however, knew Thursdays’ game against conference co-leader CCBC-Essex would tell them a lot more about their team.
What they learned from the 1-0 loss was that the Chesapeake College men’s soccer program has come a long way from the depths of last year’s 0-13 season. Asked the difference between last year’s Skipjacks beaten by his Knights, 14-0 and this year’s team, Essex coach Rich Zinkand was quite succinct.
"Night and day night and day," said Zinkand, whose team improved to 4-0 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference and 4-2 overall.
"His guys definitely played with a purpose," said Zinkand. "That coach (first-year head coach Mike Moulton) makes a big difference out there, and they knew what they wanted to do with the ball."
Essex finished with a 9-7 advantage in shots and an 8-1 edge in corners, but the only real difference was Doug Parr’s fifth goal of the season off a James Nugent feed with 30:18 remaining in the game. Nugent, the state’s leading scorer with 17 points, took a feed and then sent a diagonal ball toward Parr. Parr just beat hard-charging Chesapeake goalie Jordan Durner (six saves) to the ball and pushed it into the goal.
Chesapeake (2-1, 2-1) actually had the better offensive opportunities the rest of the way, including a near-goal from team scoring leader Mohamad Dajani.
Dajani, who had eight goals and an assist in Chesapeake’s first two games, made two outstanding moves to shake loose from defenders and earn a one-on-one chance against Essex goalie Vincent Darpino (seven saves). Darpino came off the line to challenge Dajani, smothering the ball to keep the Knights’ lead intact.
"Mohamad had a great opportunity to score; he just took one extra dribble," said Moulton. "I think we did very well, quite frankly. We were in the game all the way and that tells me something."
Chesapeake College 8, Frederick CC 2
WYE MILLS Freshman midfielder Mohamad Dajani scored five goals in Tuesday afternoon’s rout. "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 there are several differences between last year and this season.
"We’ve got a new coach, 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 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.
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."
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