Charlier's goal lift Friends past Park in boys soccer

If Friends coach Sean Rush had to guess which of his players would give the Quakers an early lead Thursday against visiting Park, Cedric Charlier would have probably been one of his first choices.

Charlier scored two goals in the season-opening rout of Glenelg Country School.

And he had both goals in the 2-0 victory over Park in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.

"He gets the goals out of working hard," Rush said. "We knew he would put some in the back of the net, but we didn't know it would be four in two games."

Charlier redirected Connor Finn's crossing pass by Park goalie Justin Wyda (6 saves) in the 34 minute to make it 1-0.

Park's best scoring chance came in the 43rd minute, but Dan Warren's header was saved by goalie Will Frost.

Charlier helped seal the victory in the 63rd minute on a left-footed shot from about 12 yards out. 

"We controlled the first half and usually when you do that, there's kind of a change in the second half,"  said Rush, whose team held an advantage in shots (11-6) and corner kicks (6-1). "But our boys took it to them in the second half as well. And it kind of showed. A goal is the first half, a goal in the second half."  

Park dropped to 0-2. The Bruins also lost to defending league champion St. Paul's, 3-0, Tuesday.

"I think our problems stem from a lack of fundamentals," Park coach Lucky Mallonee said.  "Our first touches were not very good today and they weren't good on Tuesday. We have to correct that."


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