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By Carlos Alfaro Rodriguez
ROCKVILLE — In a merciless assault to the end, the Richard Montgomery Rockets girls varsity soccer team shutout the visiting Einstein Titans, 7-0. Like actual rockets, a fast offense and a barrage of shots secured the win for the home team.
It was a game of opposites: the Rockets came in with six wins, the Titans with none. With the win, the Rockets remain near the top with only one loss to their name, while the Titans are still trying to find a victory that eludes them.
But the Titans were not ones to lie down without a fight. They made dangerous plays and had a handful of chances but could not finish and score due to a Rockets defense that swarmed every play and botched passing near the box.
“We’ve been fortunate overall and we have some younger talent too who’s been contributing defensively and in the offensive productions. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and the postseason,” said Richard Montgomery head coach Carlos Montalvan.
It took only three minutes for the Rockets to find their groove as senior forward Giulia Testa chipped the ball over an unwitting Titans defense and past the head of sophomore keeper Maya Ziselberger.
The second goal of the first half came from a botched Einstein clearance that went in the net instead of far from it. A corner kick sailed near the goal but a chaotic mix of players proved costly for the Titans.
The entire first half saw senior forward Elizabeth Blake fire shot after shot as she displayed her speed that helped her pick the defense apart. Blake’s shots went wide or were blocked by Ziselberger, but the second half saw her finally find the back of the net.
The 2-0 lead that Richard Montgomery carried into halftime was dangerous and gave the Rockets the momentum according to Einstein head coach Jeffrey Myers.
“Unfortunately then got that third one in early and we kind of just had a mental break,” said Myers.
He turned out to be right, as a comfortable Rockets squad frustrated the Titans with every play. Their relentlessness led to five goals in the second half.
To complicate matters, Ziselberger was injured earlier in the game and her performance suffered as the game carried on: sophomore Ellie Deshano eventually replaced Ziselberger about halfway through the second half. By then, with six goals scored, it was too late, although Deshano only let in one goal.
Freshman forward started off the second half with a fourth-minute goal from 30 yards out. Seconds later, a Titans counterattack fizzled out as they were suffocated by the Rockets defense.
Blake finally found the back of the net eight minutes into the second half, after an unlucky first, when a shot from the right side slid past Ziselberger. Shortly after, midfielder Ally Ratowski-Howe scored the fifth goal even as a Titans defender and Ziselberger covered her.
Junior forward Diamond Alexander finally scored as well after making runs into the box the entire game when Ziselberger came out too far and Alexander duped her for an easy open net.
Blake had the last goal of the game after Ratowski-Howe crossed it to the right and Blake finished with her second and the Rockets’ seventh goal of the night.
“This was a really good chance to get those goals in and become more confident with our playoff games in the near future,” said Blake.