The first half proved to be all that the Latin Academy boys’ soccer team needed to beat Snowden Wednesday afternoon in some chilly October weather.
The Dragons scored all four of their goals in the first 40 minutes, propelling them to a commanding 4-1 victory over a Snowden team that couldn’t effectively move the ball out of its zone.
“We played more of the soccer I’ve been wanting them to play all season,” said Latin Academy coach Dennis Allen. “I think we played a great first half, and for the majority of the game we executed fairly well and operated as a team.”
Latin Academy’s Casey Nelson scored less than three minutes in. Teammate Matteo Grando then proceeded to score two goals, in the 11th minute and then quickly again in the 14th.
“My teammates' passes really helped,” Grando said. “All year we’ve been working on passing and taking good shots on goal. I think today really showcased what Coach has been having us work on. Recently we’ve just been communicating better on the field.”
Forward Patrick McToal had a nice assist on Grando’s second strike. The Dragons' final goal came from midfielder Juan Gomez, who scored with just under eight minutes in the first half.
In addition to Latin Academy’s first-half surge on offense, its defensive players also played exceptionally well for the game's entirety.
Goalie Nick Duenas had a solid day in the net. He allowed only one goal, to Snowden freshman forward Ramsey Jean-Juste, which came late in the first half. Anders Kirleis also provided some stellar play for the Dragons on the defensive side.
Allen is happy with the progress his young team has made. But he also recognizes his team’s tough schedule for the rest of the season.
“We’ve got three games to go,” Allen said. “But they’re going to be tough. Off the top of my head, I know we’ve got Madison and Burke coming up, so we know how tough those games will be.”
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