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Skipjacks’ depth does in Cecil
Chesapeake snaps five-game skid with 4-1 soccer victory

five-game skid with 4-1 soccer victory

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks knew that one day their depth would make a difference.

Tuesday was that day.

Chesapeake College, with a decided advantage in reserves, wore down Cecil College on the way to a 4-1 men’s soccer victory. The Skipjacks scored twice in the final 4:05 of the first half to break a 1-1 tie against the fatigued Seahawks, and added a goal in the last 90 seconds to seal the win.

"We just kept pushing numbers at them and that opened up the field for us," said Austin Frazier, who had a goal and an assist for the Skipjacks, who could throw waves of substitutes at a Cecil squad that had only two reserves.

Goalie Jeremy Wallace, whose aggressive play stopped several potential Seahawk rallies, said the win was "very important."

"We haven’t had a lot of wins lately," said Wallace, whose Skipjacks (2-6 overall, 2-5 league) snapped a five-game slide with the victory.

Frazier set up a Tyler Fisher goal to give the Skipjacks a 1-0 lead, but Chase Gaven scored to bring Cecil even. Nikita Alleyne put the Skipjacks ahead for good, scoring off a Matt Usilton feed with 4:05 left in the first half.

The Skipjacks nearly added a goal on a breakaway, but Juan Guzman shot wide of the right post with 1:34 left in the first half. Undeterred, the Skipjacks made it 3-1 just 32 seconds later when Frazier took a cross on the left wing from Ricky Gerbino and drilled a shot into the far right corner of the goal.

Chesapeake’s final goal was just as pretty. Guzman sent a long cross from the right wing to Usilton on the left goal post. Usilton then headed the ball back toward the right post, curling the shot inside the post for the final 4-1 margin.

"I just kind of crashed in and the goalie (Matt Hornberger) came out and that just kind of opened up the goal," said Usilton, who had a goal and an assist.

"I thought we played very well," said Chesapeake head coach Mark Dennis, who had 16 players available but did have to overcome the absence of injured all-conference performer Daniel Martinsson. "We missed Dan, but the other guys made up for it."

Dennis also saluted Cecil’s (1-9, 1-6) effort.

"It’s hard to keep up your intensity when you’re tired," said Dennis. "To their credit, they played hard until the final whistle."

The Skipjacks play Friday at 4 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College.

Delaware Tech 3, Chesapeake 1

DOVER, Del. – Alvenso Honore scored a pair of second-half goals Friday afternoon as Del Tech broke away from a 1-1 halftime tie.

Chesapeake took a 1-0 lead 30 minutes into the game as Sean Millham scored off an Austin Patchett pass near the top of Del Tech’s penalty box. Augustin Solages scored near the end of the first half to create the halftime deadlock.

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