After a summer full of conditioning sessions and summer league games, the boys were motivated to start the fall sports season. They opened their preseason up with a tri-scrimmage against 2018 1A South Region Champions, International High School at Langley Park as well as 4A Powerhouse Bowie High School. Both teams offered the Chargers soccer team challenges and great game experience to our veteran and young players alike. The Varsity team would play in a program-wide scrimmage the next day against the Girls Varsity team and the Boys JV team. These game scenarios allowed for the coaching staff to plug and play our student-athletes in at various positions to further grow their playing experience.
The Boys team closed out the preseason hosting two fellow members of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. The Varsity team played 2017 3A State Runner-up, Great Mills first. Great Mills scored 2 goals in the 1st half and looked to shut the Chargers out. That would not be the case as Hayverson Montoya would get tripped outside the 18-yard box. This led to a free kick which Montoya converted to a goal, cutting Great Mills’ lead in half. Wingers Jeremy McBain and Sebastian Leon-Ramos would frustrate Great Mills defensive backs. This led to a Lackey scoring opportunity later in the second half. Philip Todd would notch a goal off a communication error between the Great Mills’ goalkeeper and center defender to even the score. Once the score was even that game, the Chargers took control of possession and had a plethora of scoring opportunities. On the back end, goalkeeper Mikah Seger turned away all of Great Mills’ scoring chances to exit the half and game with a 2-2 tie.
Shortly after that game ended, the Varsity team took the pitch with their Hawthorne Derby rivals, McDonough. The Chargers possessed the ball for the majority of the game. McDonough advances were turned away by the Chargers backline, often being re-directed by seniors Brice Desouza and Kyle Portzen. Remy Vidouse and Mikah Seger put on a goalkeeping clinic in this game, snuffing out any chances for McDonough to get on the board. The Chargers would notch the game’s only goal as a result of a beautiful cornerkick from Nathaniel Brown. Team captain Deven Wightman along with a combination of central midfielders (Grady Klass, Bryan Weeks, Terrell Funchess and Ethan Reedy) dominated the central third throughout the game, dictating the pace and pattern of play. At the final whistle, the coaching staff were very impressed with the boys’ performance.
You can see the Chargers open their regular season on September 10th at Patuxent. Our home opener is September 12th against Northern. JV kicks off at 4:30 PM and Varsity follows at 6:00 PM. Home game admission is $5. We hope to hear you in the bleachers #NeverQuitNation. Be loud and we will make your proud!