Congratulations to Coach Ricardo Luis and LMVSC Patriots 2006 Boys Red, our LMVSC travel team of the week.

Last Saturday against Herndon Estudiantes Black at Arrowbrook Park, Coach Ricardo and the 2006 Boys won in dramatic fashion, winning the game 3-2 after coming back from a two-goal deficit.  

2006 Boys Red found themselves down 2-0 after 20 minutes against a very strong Herndon team.  They were able to reduce the deficit to 2-1 in the first half with a brilliant individual effort by Gabriel Gutierrez, after he received a ball from midfield to then beat two defenders to slot the ball neatly past the Herndon keeper and into the back of the net. 

Momentum started to shift in the beginning of the second half, and the team equalized after great combination play in the midfield to once again find Gabriel, who volleyed the ball far-post past an outstretched goalkeeper. 

Our boys continued to play quick and applied constant pressure to the opposition in the attacking third. They were able to create a chances from the outside where Dane Schroder met the cross before a Herndon defender and on-rushing goalkeeper to slide the ball into the back of the net with less than 10 minutes of the match.

They continued to create opportunities on the counter and were able to successfully clear and stop opportunities by Herndon as they applied the pressure to try to tie up the game. It was a well-deserved and hard-fought victory.

According to Coach Ricardo, “We dug in, remained patient, and struck at the right moments of the game to push us to victory.” 

Top Playmaker: Jack Ciovacco.  Established the team’s tempo going forward and was the first to challenge the opposition when not in possession)

Top Scorer: Gabriel Gutierrez (2 goals). Two very well-placed goals in the opposite bottom corner not giving the goalie a chance. Prior to each goal, Gabriel was able to leave behind 1 or 2 defenders by beating them on the dribble.

Hardest Working Player: Urban Ramirez (continuously moving up and down, side to side, in the #6 role in order to provide attacking and defending balance to the team. Constantly aiding his backline in transition play to stop the opposition’s counter attack).

Most Improved Player: Mathew Drenning. His shot blocking ability has continued to improve each week, making some key saves to keep his team in the game. He made two huge saves that were shot low and away when the team was down 1-0.

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