Early hole, ’own’ goal cost Skipjacks in loss
League-leading PG holds off Chesapeake in 3-1 soccer decision
LARGO Chesapeake College played evenly with conference-leading Prince George’s Community College over the last 80 minutes of Thursday’s men’s soccer game. It was the first 10 minutes when the Owls scored twice for a quick 2-0 lead that was the difference in the Skipjacks’ 3-1 loss to PG.
" PG came out so aggressive and looked so fast," said Chesapeake head coach Mark Dennis. "When they jumped out to a 2-0 lead so fast I was afraid we were in for a long night."
The Skipjacks’ situation was seemingly made that much tougher when Cody Reese received a red-card ejection just 20 minutes into the game. Chesapeake, however, responded with a goal by Juan Guzman that pulled the Skipjacks within 2-1 at halftime.
"When we were forced to play a man down I certainly didn’t expect to see our situation improve, but that’s just what happened," said Dennis. "We settled down, worked on our possession style and our level of play improved drastically.
"Our guys saw that the things we have been working on in practice do work and we were able to score even being shorthanded," added Dennis.
While the Owls (5-1 overall, 4-0 Maryland JuCo) locked up the win with an "own" goal resulting from a clearing attempt by the Skipjack defense on a PG shot, Dennis was pleased with his squad’s overall effort.
"Our team worked extremely hard in this game and it was nice to see them feel good about their effort," said Dennis. "Win or lose you deserve to feel good when you give 100 percent effort."
Jeremy Wallace had nine saves in goal for Chesapeake (1-3, 1-3). The Skipjacks host CCBC-Catonsville on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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