GREENBELT – The Eleanor Roosevelt High School soccer team won 3-2 match against Bowie High School on Thursday in a rematch of a playoff game last season. In the first half, offside calls plagued the Raiders while the Bowie defenders were able to maintain their lines. “We have guys who are very anxious and want […]
GREENBELT – The Eleanor Roosevelt High School soccer team won 3-2 match against Bowie High School on Thursday in a rematch of a playoff game last season.
In the first half, offside calls plagued the Raiders while the Bowie defenders were able to maintain their lines.
“We have guys who are very anxious and want to get forward and are very quick and sometimes lose focus of where they’re on the line and they get offside,” said Roosevelt head coach George Kallas.
Bowie goalkeeper Brenden LeMaster also made several saves in the first half to keep his team in the game and frustrate Roosevelt’s offensive players.
“Their keeper is just tremendous,” Kallas said. “Take the keeper out and we probably get a few more goals in there. I think the keeper makes it possible for them to pull the trap, which is really pretty.”
With the Raiders’ offense unable to score, an own goal by the Bulldogs with 11:45 left in the first half gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes after the first goal, striker Manuel Mejicanos scored to put his team up 2-0 after one of the few mistakes made by LeMaster.
LeMaster came out the box to make a save, but Mejicanos avoided him and with a soft touch put the ball into the back of the net.
Forward George Lopez of Bowie scored Bowie’s first goal in stoppage time to cut the lead to 2-1 and give his team momentum going into the half. However, the momentum did not last long. Three minutes into the half, Mejicanos notched his second goal of the game after driving down the right sideline and scoring inside the box to put Roosevelt up 3-1.
The second half became more physical. Players got into quick shoving match taking place between both teams. Mejicanos said the physicality made him think more on the pitch.
“Seriously I don’t think that I’m physical strong,” Mejicanos said. “I just play smart and if they’re coming at me I got to watch out and toe the ball and then don’t let them get the ball from me.”
Khalid Bologun, who scored the own goal for Bowie earlier in the match, put the ball in the back of the net with 21 minutes left to cut the score to 3-2.
Roosevelt tried to keep-away to end the game, but the Bulldogs went attack mode, pushing their lines forward and aggressively trying to score goals. The Bulldogs had opportunities but in the Roosevelt was too much.
Kallas said he was happy about the team’s win, especially because it is a rivalry game.
“This game you throw records out and you just play the game,” Kallas said. “This is like the local rivalry game and it’s important for us. It’s a lot of fun.”