Sherwood 2, Magruder 0
For a stretch of games earlier this season, the Sherwood boys' soccer team had frustrated Coach Hector Morales by squandering many of its best scoring chances. But last night in a Montgomery 4A East Division game against eighth-ranked Magruder in Sandy Spring, the Warriors made the most of their two best opportunities, scoring twice in a two-minute stretch against one of Montgomery County's best defenses to secure a 2-0 victory.
"In other games we were getting chances, and we just weren't able to put the ball in the back of the net," Morales said.
Last week, the Warriors broke out of their scoring funk with a 5-0 victory over Springbrook. The confidence built in that game carried over to last night, Morales said, and it manifested itself midway through the second half.
After more than 61 minutes of even play, Sherwood (8-2, 4-1) broke the scoreless tie when a cross from Warriors' senior Michael Rollings deflected off a Magruder defender and bounced to the feet of Sherwood junior Miguel Mendez, who was on the left side of the field about 20 yards from the goal. Mendez blasted a shot past the outstretched arms of Magruder's goalkeeper.
Less than two minutes later, Rollings worked a give-and-go with junior Patrick Norfolk, used his speed to scoot past a defender, faked his way by the Colonels' keeper and then fired the ball into an open net. It was the standout senior's team-high 13th goal of the season.
"That was a magical goal by Rollings, there's nothing else you can say about that," said Magruder Coach Scott Alexander. "He went through, what, three people on that play? He just has another gear that nobody in the county has."
Magruder (7-2-1, 3-1-1) had allowed just three goals in its first nine games and none in the four before last night's contest. Before the Warriors' two quick strikes, the Colonels had not been scored upon in more than 400 minutes of soccer.