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’Peake-ing Skipjacks top Rockville, 4-3
Chesapeake ends regular season with seven-match unbeaten streak

ROCKVILLE – The Skipjacks are ’Peake-ing for the playoffs.

Chesapeake College edged host Montgomery College/Rockville, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon to end the men’s soccer regular season with a seven-match unbeaten streak. Mike Turner had a goal and two assists, including a picture-perfect feed to set up what proved to be the winning goal by Mohamad Dajani, as the Skipjacks (8-4-1 overall, 7-4-1 league) won their fifth straight game.

"I can’t believe we’ve played seven games without a defeat," said Mike Moulton, the Skipjacks’ first-year head coach. "It’s a testament to the kids – they’ve bought into the program."

The Skipjacks, who ended the season as one of the hottest teams in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference, open the NJCAA Division I Region XX tournament Saturday at Harford Community College. While the seeds had not been completed as of Tuesday night, it appeared the Skipjacks were likely to play host Harford, which played Chesapeake to a double-overtime tie during the league season.

"We don’t care who it is – we’re happy to play whoever we play," said Moulton. "The kids are thinking, ’Let’s go get some more (wins)."

Chesapeake built a 2-0 halftime lead as Turner fed Jake Williams for the first goal and scored himself unassisted on the second. Martin Marfo scored twice for the Knights (8-10-1, 4-5) to create a 2-2 tie, but Ryan Wheat scored off a long Pat Hambleton throw-in to put the Skipjacks in front to stay, 3-2.

Dajani’s team-leading 16th goal came off an excellent feed from Turner and gave the Skipjacks a 4-2 cushion.

"Mike made a nice run and Mohamad ran straight for the goal," said Moulton. "He got the tip of his toe on the ball off Mike’s pass and directed it past the Rockville keeper."

Kevin Tukea scored to pull the Knights within 4-3, but that was as close as the hosts would get.

Rockville finished with a 29-14 shots advantage, but Moulton said that statistic was deceptive.

"A lot of that was errant shots," said Moulton, whose goalie, Jordan Durner, finished with 10 saves.

The game marked another significant victory for the Skipjacks over a historical Maryland JuCo power.

"They’ve been a great team – they’ve been to nationals and won Maryland JuCo many times," said Moulton of the Knights, who have five one-goal losses this season. "They’re just not having their best year."

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