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."

Anthony Tijero blasts shot past Shaun Collins and goalkeeper Michael Wilde to give Georgetown Prep a 2-0 lead over Landon in the first half of IAC match.Landon's Robert Morrison (12) has his scoring chance broken up by Georgetown Prep goalkeeper Taylor Thames. Morrison assisted on his team's goal 1 minute 20 seconds into the second half.