T.C. Williams senior forward Terell Williamson set his feet about 10 yards in front of South County’s goal late in the first half of last Thursday’s AAA Patriot District game in Alexandria, anticipating a soft cross from a charging teammate down the right sideline. When the ball was delivered, Williams artfully “snapped” his neck and headed the ball on a line into the bottom of the net. The goal broke a scoreless tie, and moreover, it sent Williamson’s teammates into an absolute frenzy.
But before any of the players could mob Williamson in celebration, his younger brother Eryk, a sophomore on the team, swooped in and gave Terell a hug.
It was a simple gesture of respect from the younger Williamson. But during a season when the siblings have fueled the Titans 7-1-2 start, it was also rare moment when the two brothers weren’t vying to upstage one another on the pitch.
“We’ve always had a little competitive streak,” Terell Williamson said. “When he scores, I get a little like, ‘Dang, I need to score more.’ ”
With the header on Tuesday, Terell now has four goals on the year, while Eryk has three. It’s all the same to the sixth-ranked Titans, who have won three of their last four after consecutive 2-2 ties against Edison and Lake Braddock earlier in the month.
On Tuesday, Williamson’s goal deflated South County (1-8). Junior Momodu Jalloh added two goals in the second half, and joined the Williamson brothers on a relentless T.C. front line that generated a number of scoring chances. After Jalloh made it 2-0 on a goal seven minutes into the second half, the junior beat two defenders on a breakaway to the net for another score.
It was the fifth clean-sheet of the season for T.C. Williams, which has outscored opponents 22-7 this spring.
Terell Williamson came off late in the game, a nod to a hard day’s work for the senior leader. Eryk, meanwhile, stayed on with many of the reserves, still finding moments to work on a skill-set that should spell promise for the Titans in the two years to come.
He scored two goals in the first four minutes against No. 2 Lake Braddock two weeks ago, in a game that resulted in a 2-2 tie. After that game, Eryk expressed his frustration in losing an opportunity to beat the Bruins – but also stated that his relationship on the field with his brother was stronger than it had ever been.
“I look up,” Eryk Williamson said, “we make eye contact, and he knows that I’m either playing him the ball, or where I want it, if I want it back.”
“They’ve been our program for years. . . . I certainly do think that there is a sense that they both go out there and put their best foot forward each day,” T.C. Williams Coach Martin Nickley said. “As a brother, or a parent, I’d enjoy watching that, or playing with my siblings. So I think there is some energy derived from that.”
Both Williamson brothers have expressed interest in playing at the next level, although both players have wide-open prospects on the recruitment front. It’s a more pressing issue for Terell, who is facing the final four games of the regular season the next two weeks. The next month could be his last chance to play competitive soccer with his brother.
“Because I’m a senior, I don’t know what’s going to happen after this,” Terell Williamson said. “It’s great having my little brother there, through the journey.”
Armand Jeffris and Patrick Moore each scored goals as Oakton worked a 2-2 draw with Herndon Monday. Keegan Fairchild recorded 19 saves for the Hornets. . . . Lake Braddock posted top-10 wins last week, beating Langley 2-0 and W.T. Woodson 1-0 in overtime. Bruins’ forward Akram Bensalem scored the go-ahead goal against Woodson. . . . Tuscarora (Va.) has outscored opponents 19-2 in the last four games…Kelvin Centeno scored two goals to help lift Hayfield to a 4-2 overtime win over Washington-Lee Tuesday. Centeno has 10 goals on the year, third-most in the area.
1.Oakton (8-0-2) LW: 1
2.Lake Braddock (6-0-3) LW: 2
3.South Lakes (8-1) LW: 3
4.Tuscarora (Va.) (8-0-2) LW: 5
5.Herndon (6-1-3) LW: 6
6.T.C. Williams (7-1-2) LW: 4
7.W.T. Woodson (6-2) LW: 7
8.Hayfield (9-0) LW: NR
9.Langley (6-2-1) LW: 9
10.Osbourn Park (5-2-2) LW: 10
Dropped Out: No. 8 Forest Park
Records through Tuesday