Skipjacks extend unbeaten streak to five matches
Dajani scores twice, assists once in 5-2 win over Del Tech/Terry
WYE MILLS A letdown after last Friday’s upset win over previously unbeaten Howard Community College was probably unavoidable. The Skipjacks, however, recovered quickly on the way to a 5-2 win Monday afternoon over visiting Delaware Tech/Terry Campus.
"After that big win, I thought there might be a letdown," said Chesapeake head coach Mike Moulton, whose team rallied from an early 1-0 deficit with five straight goals. "It’s a good thing they’ve learned how to win."
Del Tech finished with a 21-11 shots advantage, but the Skipjacks extended their current unbeaten streak to five matches (4-0-1) anyway. Brooks Newport’s header off a Ryan Wheat feed tied the game, 1-1, and Mike Turner put the Skipjacks ahead to stay when he scored on a breakaway set up by Luis Ortega’s through-pass with 18:37 remaining in the first half.
Chesapeake (6-4-1) won its third straight game to close in on a winning season just one year after going 0-12. The Skipjacks who lost four straight earlier this season after starting the season 2-0 can clinch a winning season Wednesday with a win over Cecil College (1-11, 1-9).
"We’ve been playing with better chemistry," said Newport of the team’s play since the 2-4 start.
After Turner’s go-ahead goal, Mohamad Dajani took it from there. The Skipjacks’ leading scorer tallied his 12th goal of the season off a one-touch pass from Newport, giving the Skipjacks a 3-1 halftime advantage. He set up Diego Hernandez to open the second-half scoring and then scored again to give Chesapeake a 5-1 lead.
Dajani’s two-goal, one-assist effort and nine saves by Chesapeake goalie Jordan Durner were just two of the Skipjacks’ highlights. In fact, Moulton’s only real concern was how the Skipjacks’ intensity level seemed to wane after taking a 5-1 lead. Del Tech, which hadn’t scored since Brian Smith’s game-opening goal, pulled within 5-2 on Dave Staley’s penalty kick, but that was as close as the Hawks (9-6) would get.
"Our kids are young and they see a 5-1 lead and relax a little. You can’t relax in Maryland JuCo there are too many good teams," said Moulton, whose squad concludes the conference season with 3 p.m. games against visiting Cecil College Wednesday and at Montgomery College/Rockville next Tuesday.
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