Royals take soccer tilt against Petersburg

Last Thursday the Prince George Royals took their home field against the Petersburg Crimson Waves. After landslide-wins against both Dinwiddie (4-0) and Varina (6-0) earlier that week, the boys were ready to keep up the winning streak.
The Royals’ offense was difficult for Petersburg to keep up with; Prince George clearly dominated the game in possession time. The first quarter of the game was filled with haphazard shots.

Prince George’s Brandon Baker passes the ball, keeping it away from Lawrence Cottemond.
Prince George’s Brandon Baker passes the ball, keeping it away from Lawrence
Cottemond.
Prince George’s Justin Spates backtracks and prepares to challenge Petersburg’s Jose Alvarado
Prince George’s Justin Spates backtracks and prepares to challenge Petersburg’s
Jose Alvarado
Jared Kunkel tries to save the ball from going out of bounds during Prince George’s soccer match against Petersburg last week.
Jared Kunkel tries to save the ball from going out of bounds during Prince George’s
soccer match against Petersburg last week.
24 minutes into the game, the Royals scored their first goal, and had an almost-full-team substitution, allowing the players to get plenty of play time. Near the end of the first half, Prince George swapped most of its players again.

The second half of the game was more eventful for the Royals, a goal in the first five minutes empowering the team, making a strong third goal not ten minutes later. Petersburg’s offense was also more effective during the second half, making several shots of their own, but the Royals’ changing goalies were able to protect the goal. As the game neared the end, the Royals were able to make two more goals within three minutes of each other.

Jose Zepada made the first goal of the match, with an assist by Neil Marks. Brandon Baker, Travis Temple, José Zuniga (with a Zepada assist), and Hunter Bartlett made the proceeding goals. Goalie Austin Aaron had 2 saves. Alex Flickinger and Hunter Bartlett had 3 saves each. Petersburg goalie Hue Bailey had a recorded 19 saves.

Featured Photo: Wesley Bolyard
Petersburg goalie Hue Bailey makes a save by the tip of his fingers from a shot made
by Prince George’s Jack Paul.

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