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Reservoir boys soccer closes regular season with win over Atholton

David Harris scored twice and Quinton Simmons added a goal of his own on Thursday, as Reservoir's boys soccer team wrapped up the second seed in Section II of the 3A East region playoffs with a 3-1 victory over Atholton.

The game was the regular-season finale for both teams heading into the postseason, which starts next week.

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"Coming off the Long Reach loss at the end of last week and then being down to Centennial at the half Tuesday, we've finally started putting it together," Reservoir coach Josh Sullivan said. "The second half of that Centennial game and then today, we've finally been giving that full effort we're looking for. Hopefully the guys are woken up now heading into the playoffs and we can put together a nice run."

Atholton (5-5-1, 6-6-1) had a couple quality chances in the opening stages, including a free kick by Chris Johnson in the 24th minute that required a diving save by Gators' goalie Zach Seiferth, but it was Reservoir (9-2, 11-2) that got on the board first.

Sophomore midfielder William Schulden played a ball through the middle of the field to a streaking Simmons, who flicked the ball over Atholton goalie Noah Bathras (5 saves) and into the back of the net.

"It's been a little bit of an Achilles' heel all season for us, that inability to get one early and grab a first-half lead. So it was definitely nice to see the guys come out and get one," Sullivan said.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of Reservoir heading into halftime, but the Gators were back at it right out of intermission.

This time it was a through pass by Kyle Saunderson that found Harris in stride and set up a one-on-one chance with Bathras. Harris slotted the ball into the right corner for a 2-0 lead four minutes into the second half.

Just more than 10 minutes later, Harris was at it again. This time it was a long run down the right side that he finished with a ball that he slotted just inside the left post.

After a relative slow start to the season, Harris has heated up of late with eight goals now in the last six games.

"A lot of what I'm doing is because of how we've built together as a team and how our chemistry has picked up," Harris said. "Our game plan has changed a little bit too and that has contributed also to getting me going. I'm just lucky to have the best teammates in the world who are able to get me the ball in good spots."

Despite the large deficit, Atholton kept pushing and finally found the scoreboard with 16:35 left in regulation when a long free kick by Nathan Kim skipped through a crowd in front and bounced into the right corner of the goal.

That was as close as the Raiders would come, though, creating the final two-goal margin.

Reservoir 3, Atholton 1

Goals: Re – Harris 2, Simmons; A – Kim.

Assists: Re – Schulden, Saunderson.

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Saves: Re – Seiferth 4; A – Bathras 5.

Half: 1-0 Re.

Other scores:

Mt. Hebron 4, Centennial 0

Goals: MH – Palin, Cooke, Rose, Rice.

Assists: MH – Heath 2, Hedges.

Howard 4, Hammond 1

Goals: Ho – Boyer 2, Chikhale, Griggs; Ha – N/A.

Assists: Ho – Lowenkron 2.

Saves: Ho – Bowen 3, Okeh 1; Ha – N/A.

Oakland Mills 2, Marriotts Ridge 0

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