When Theodore Roosevelt boys soccer player Joel Street changed positions and put on the captain's armband for the first time earlier this season, he knew it meant two things--that he would be counted on for leadership and that his scoring likely would go down.
In yesterday's victory over No. 6 seed Coolidge in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal--which ended 2-2 after overtime before the Rough Riders prevailed, 5-4, in penalty kicks--Street not only provided the leadership that comes with the captaincy, but added a goal and helped set up another.
With the victory, the No. 3 seed Rough Riders (7-4-1) advanced to Thursday's DCIAA semifinals, where they will play Bell Multicultural (8-1-1), which got by Eastern yesterday, 7-0.
Street has played midfield this season--and has not scored as much as he did last year, when he played striker. Still, he was the catalyst for the Rough Riders' offense yesterday. His headed goal off a corner kick in the 74th minute tied the game at 1. After Coolidge (3-8-2) went ahead on a goal by Cujo Suki two minutes into the 10-minute overtime, Street forced a corner kick at Coolidge's end. In a scramble in front of the goal following the corner, Roosevelt's Alfredo Jimenez tapped the ball into the empty net to force the shootout.
In the shootout, all five Roosevelt players made their shots while the Colts' first attempt was shot high before they made their next four.
"We are very happy with the win and to come back from one goal down twice," Roosevelt Coach David Reid said. "Really, the big difference came when Street began to move the ball better from the midfield."
The loss ended Coolidge's first soccer season in two years. The Colts did not field teams the past two years because they did not have a coach.
BELL 7, EASTERN 0: Five players scored as the second-seeded Griffins rolled. Heriberto Velasquez and Johnny Benitez scored two goals each, and Edwin Guzman, Marvin Ticas and Juan Quantanilla scored one each.
WILSON 6, PHELPS 0: The top-seeded Tigers (12-8-1) advanced to the DCIAA semifinals, where they will play Cardozo (which advanced by virtue of a quarterfinal forfeit by School Without Walls), for the sixth consecutive year.