Lake Braddock’s Ricardo Munoz Caceres hasn’t had many open looks at the net like the one he did in the second half of Friday night’s game against Robinson. And he nearly blew it. The Rams’ goalkeeper misplayed a cross, juggled the ball in mid-air and fell on his back. The ball popped out to the weak side for Munoz Caceres, who was waiting by the post. After nearly losing the dribble, he regained control and simply booted the ball in from a few feet away.
It was an early season gift for the Bruins, and was the difference as Lake Braddock won, 3-1, over its rival Robinson in Burke.
“As soon as I saw the goalie make that mistake, I went for it. At first I lost the ball,” said Munoz Caceres, who scored in the 54th minute to give his team a 2-1 advantage. “You don’t get many like that, but when you do, you gotta finish them.”
Lake Braddock (2-0) looked aggressive early, making several hard-charging drives at the net the first 10 minutes. But it wasn’t until Robinson scored first — on a set piece that resulted in a Naveed Freshtvadi 10-yard strike in the 12th minute — that Lake Braddock started to find its rhythm. The Bruins responded a few minutes later, as Fernando Salido Griffone snuck to the weak side of the Robinson defense and converted a long pass into a 15-yard equalizing goal that Salido Griffone flipped over the charging Rams goalkeeper.
The game became more physical in the second half, and that led to more set-piece opportunities for Lake Braddock — and a chance to test its mettle against Robinson (1-1-2), which returns six starters from last season.
“We just wanted it more,” Lake Braddock senior midfielder Zach Hopkins said. “We won a lot more balls in the second half I thought.”
After Munoz Caceres secured the lead for the Bruins, Lake Braddock made it 3-1 with just less than 20 minutes left on a long kick off a set piece from 40 yards out. The ball landed near the goaltender’s box, and again was misplayed by the Robinson defense. Sophomore Jeffrey Pineda took advantage, drilling the loose ball into the right corner of the net.