On a rainy and blustery night at Lansdowne High the host Vikings (3-0) controlled time of possession and the game in a 4-1 boys soccer victory over Overlea (1-1).
Lansdowne’s Gustavo Izaguirre set the tone early in the first half with shots on goal in the 15th and 18th minutes, but both were saved by Overlea goalkeeper Matthew Rudolph.
With just over 21 minutes remaining in the half, Rodolfo Niranda received a nice ball from Ai Ling and raced down the left sideline before sending a perfect cross to Izaguirre, who deposited it home.
“He (Izaguirre) is a very good freshman,” Lansdowne coach George Dunn said. “He’s a big-time player.”
As the sideways rain intensified in the second half, so did the pressure the Vikings put on the Overlea defense.
With 34:47 left in the game, Izaguirre assisted Van Thang and the Vikings led 2-1.
One brief defensive hiccup led to a fastbreak and goal by Overlea’s Kevin Galeas with 29:28 remaining, but the Vikings increased their lead to 3-1 less than three minutes on
Hoi Tha’s direct kick from 30 yards out that deflected off an Overlea defender into the net.
Brandon Hernandez added the final goal on a penalty kick.
Dunn liked the improvement in the second half that allowed the Vikings to stretch the lead.
“I think our passes got cleaner, with better accuracy and we were more patient with the ball,” Dunn said. “We were not trying to rush so much and we were setting up our plays and getting our runs together. We kind of figured them out and the field just got a lot more open.”
Next up for the Vikings is defending state champion Eastern Tech on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and at Dundalk on Friday, Sept. 27.