The Dragon’s scored all four of their goals in the first 40 minutes, and propelled themselves to an commanding 4-1 victory over a Snowden team that couldn’t effectively move the ball out of their zone.
“We played more of the soccer I’ve been wanting them to play all season,” Latin Academy coach Dennis Allen said. “I think we played a great first half, and for the majority of the game we executed fairly well and operated as a team.”
Right away Latin Academy’s Casey Nelson scored less than three minutes in. Teammate Matteo Grando then proceeded to score two of his own goals, first 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 Dragon’s final goal came from midfielder Juan Gomez, who scored with just under eight minutes in the first half.
Despite Latin Academy’s great offensive first half surge, their defensive players also played exceptionally well for the games entirety.
Latin Academy Goalie Nick Duenas had a solid day in the net. He only allowed one goal to Snowden’s freshman forward Ramsey Jean-Juste, which came late in the first half. Anders Kirleis also provided some stellar play for the Dragon’s on the defensive side.
With the Dragon’s regular season coming to a close in a few weeks, Allen is happy with the progress his young team has made thus far. 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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