A.J. Wood scored four goals and Georgetown Prep continued its domination of the Interstate Athletic Conference by defeating Landon, 5-0, yesterday at Georgetown Prep.
The sixth-ranked Little Hoyas (8-0, 6-0 IAC) extended their two-year unbeaten streak to 19 games. Landon (8-3, 5-2), the last team to defeat Georgetown Prep, had its six-game winning streak broken.
Georgetown Prep is on the verge of winning its fourth straight IAC championship. Yesterday the Little Hoyas controlled the Bears with excellent ball movement. They also used their height advantage to win almost every ball in the air.
Landon, which struggled throughout, registered its only shot of the game with five minutes remaining in the first half and Prep leading, 2-0.
Georgetown Prep's first goal came on a header by Wood at 26 minutes. Wood received a beautiful throw-in from Dima Brodsky and, leaping above the defenders, headed it past goalie Rob Sands.
Although Georgetown Prep was without leading scorer Pat McSorley (14 goals, five assists), who missed the game with an injured ligament in his right leg, the Little Hoyas finished with 21 shots.
"They countered really well out of the back," said Landon senior midfielder Ryan Laughlin. "And they are really fast down the field, probably the fastest team we have played. And that caused a lot of chaos."
Landon had outscored opponents, 20-2, in the last seven games, but could not protect Sands, who finished with seven saves. The Bears also were unable to stop Wood, a former member of the U.S. national under-16 team. Wood (17 goals, four assists) also scored at 31 minutes with an assist from Max Furuyama, and at 65:00 and 69:00 with assists from Alex Bryer. Neil Roberts scored at 63:00, assisted by Sacha Fraiture.
"This is the best team we've had since I've been here," said Wood. "We work really well together. Today we played a pretty consistent game. We wanted to come out strong from the beginning. We were undefeated and we wanted to stay that way."
Said Georgetown Prep Coach Gui Fraiture: "We didn't expect to be as strong this year. But it's just the reverse. We are even stronger this year than last year."