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By Nickolai Sukharev
ROCKVILLE — The Einstein Titans boys varsity soccer team defeated the Richard Montgomery Rockets 2-1, Monday, in an early comeback – with all the goals scored coming the first half.
“Our first half was our better half; second half we were giving the ball back to them and our connecting passes did not get to our players, and this is one of the reasons why we didn’t score in the second half,” said Einstein coach Adrian Baez.
With all the goal-scoring action happening the first 11 minutes of the match, the Titans maintained possession for most of the second half. During the second, the Rockets pressed forward to find an equalizer, but the Titans remained organized.
“We tried to win the game and had to concentrate to do our best,” Einstein midfielder Robin Franco added.
Two minutes into the match, the Rockets took the lead, when midfielder Agustin Diaz latched onto a pass and shot right past Titans goalkeeper Daniel Rivera.
Just a minute later, Franco equalized with a well-aimed effort from the left wing to level the match.
Franco was on hand again, when he received a pass from the right flank and scored from close range after just 11 minutes of play.
After the early goals, the Titans slowed the pace of the match, keeping their backline – led by Einstein center back Edward Palacios – attentive and organized.
The Rockets pressed forward, in search of an equalizer, but could not get past the Titans’ defense.
“Sadly, it was a little underwhelming; our players are better than we showed today,” said Rockets reserve goalkeeper David Molot. “We’ve had a pretty bad run over the last few games but it’s not really down to our players; it’s more of a team issue.”
Following the break, both teams went on the attack.
Rockets forwards Alex Coster and Axel Mairena Gamez found space just outside the Titans’ box, but Palacios and his teammates reacted quickly to defend their goal.
Looking to expand their lead, Titans playmaker Eli Kerstein attempted to build attacks, but the Rockets were quick to cover their open spaces.
With less than a minute left to play, the Titans earned a penalty kick after Rockets goalkeeper Vicente Quispe committed a foul, earning a yellow card.
Coming on to replace Quispe, Rockets goalkeeper Johnny Hurowitz saved after guessing the direction.
“First half we came out it was a little bit flat, and we picked it up a bit in the second half. We were down two goals by then, but we tried to push and get the victory but unlucky, we couldn’t get a shot on target,” said RM coach Brian Urioste.
Molot said his team is still recovering from a recent loss.
“We need to make sure the morale is where it needs to be because this team has so much potential and … a lot of the players aren’t seniors and … we need to set a great example for them.”