Georgetown Prep 2, Landon 1
Georgetown Prep's boys' soccer team took an early two-goal lead and dictated play for the first 40 minutes. But it took everything Anthony Tijero and the second-ranked Little Hoyas could muster in the second half to hold off Landon, 2-1, in an Interstate Athletic Conference game in Bethesda yesterday.
Prep played a man down the final 13 minutes after one of its key players received a red card. At least twice down the stretch, Landon put itself in position to tie the game. But one shot hit the crossbar and, moments later, a free kick from 20 yards failed to produce a scoring chance, and two-time conference champion Prep came out with a critical conference victory.
The Little Hoyas improved to 7-0-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference heading into Friday's matchup with national powerhouse St. Benedict's of New Jersey. Landon, whose late surge was keyed by senior goalkeeper Mike Wilde, fell to 5-1, 1-1.
"Landon came out after halftime and really pressured us," said Tijero, whose goal midway though the first half -- his third of the season -- was the game-winner. "This win was important because it really puts us in a good spot in the IAC."
Senior Dan Glading staked Georgetown Prep to a 1-0 lead. Glading fought off a defender at the side of the goal and beat Wilde to the far post with a perfectly placed shot.
Tijero's goal, which he placed just inside the near post with a blast from the top of the box, came about 10 minutes after Glading's goal.
Landon cut its deficit to 2-1 on a goal by senior Jake Samperton, who redirected a deft cross from striker Robert Morrison 1 minute 20 seconds into the second half.
After the Bears scored, their confidence began to grow. Wilde kept it close by making a critical save on a blast off the foot of sophomore Fro Adu, the younger brother of D.C. United's Freddy Adu, early in the half. He made another save on Tijero from point-blank range moments later. "Their goalie made some great saves," Tijero said. "If he didn't make a couple of those, it could have been a different game."