For the first time since 2010, Lansdowne won a boys soccer playoff game and moved into the next round of regional playoffs. The Vikings earned a match at top-seeded Patterson on Tuesday, Oct. 29 after a dominant 4-1 victory over Dunbar on Friday.
If the Vikings defeat Patterson, they would play the winner of Western Tech-Loch Raven in a Class 2A North Region semifinal.
First-year coach George Dunn’s squad improved to 9-4 with the lopsided victory in which the Vikings outshot the Poets, 37-0. The only goal for the Poets came on a penalty kick in the second half.
“It took a while for the kids to trust me and have respect for what I was doing, but when we started winning, they started to believe in the coaching staff, Dunn said. "And they started to believe in each other, too, which is the biggest thing in high school sports — the trust factor.”
Dunn knew a number of players had skills, and his goal was to get them to play as a unit.
“He has been laid-back, and he’s been a good coach. Everybody is friends and everybody is starting to jell,” said junior defender Collin Murphy, who had an assist against Dunbar.
Joey Chauca-Alvarez broke the ice for Lansdowne in the first minute of the game before the Vikings went scoreless the rest of the half.
“When we got the early goal, we weren’t on edge,” said Murphy, who had four goals and two assists during the regular season. “We’ve got to just let it flow and play our game.”
In the second half, he moved from sweeper to stopper and the offense improved.
Thuam Mung (5 goals, 6 assists) assisted Jeffery Camacho for a 2-0 lead before Dunbar had its only penetration of the game into the Vikings' box.
“It made us step up our game a little bit and we put two more in,” Murphy said.
Lansdowne closed the scoring on goals by Camacho and Jon Alvardo-Ramos after assists from Murphy and Abdou Ndiaye. Sophomore Benny Brankoff (4 goals, 3 assists) had several strong scoring opportunities but didn't score.
Although he wasn't tested by Dunbar, Vikings goalie Mauricio Franco has had a solid season behind defenders Murphy, Kyndell Overton, Chuka Odinammadu, Luis Chavez and Tavon Stanley.