September 6, 2009-Baltimore scores five in win over Charles Village
Catonsville, MD: The Baltimore Kickers moved to 3-0 in the 2009 Maryland Major Soccer League season with 5-3 win over Charles Village United at Steffen Field.
The Kickers opened the scoring 10 minutes in when a cross found outside midfielder Nate Thomas on the back post. Thomas controlled the ball with his chest, leaving it for Kickers forward Brent Wolford. Wolford fired past the helpless Charles Village Keeper to make it 1-0.
15 minutes later, Kickers defender Phil Kratchovil played a penetrating through ball to central midfielder Brian Tully. An unmarked Tully took a well-struck low shot at the 18 yard box and to make it 2-0.
In the closing moments of the 1st half, CV got themselves back in the game. A bad bounce from a clearance found a Charles Village attacker alone in the Kickers box. He calmly slotted the ball to the side netting as the whistle blew for halftime, making it a 2-1 game.
The Kickers quickly came out in the second half and stamped their authority on the game with another goal each for Woolford and Tully, extending Baltimore's lead to 4-1.
Later in the half, Woolford earned a hat trick finishing a rebound on a corner kick to increase the Kicker lead to 5-1.
Charles Village would continue to play hard and after a turnover in the Kickers' defensive end, a CV attacker sent in a cross to the 6-yard box. Miscommunication between defender Dan Baily and goalkeepr Mike Lott saw the ball drop for an unmarked CV winger to head home into the empty net, making the score 5-2.
Just like the closing moments of the first half, CV would again find the net as a long free kick would find the top corner for CV as the whistle blew full time, making the final score 5-3.
The Kickers return to action in two weeks when they take on long-time rivals, JA Raiders at 10am at Clifton Park on Sunday, September 13.
August 23, 2009-Kickers shutout Peru, go to 2-0
Catonsville, MD - The Baltimore Kickers continued their winning ways in the first division of the Maryland Major Soccer League with a 5-0 win over Peru at Steffen Field on Sunday, August 23.
Kickers forward, Scott Andrzejewski, opened up his '09 campaign with a clinical finish 10 minutes into the first half. Andrzejewski received a ball on the run to the right side of the 18 yard box. He beat his defender as he controlled the pass, then coolly blasted his shot passed Peru's goalie with the outside of his boot.
At the 15th minute mark, midfielder Nate Thomas would make it 2-0. A long diagonal ball was played by Baltimore's other outside midfielder Kyle Leahy that skipped across the field finding Thomas unmarked on the back post. Thomas calmly controlled the ball before slotting it to into the net. The Kickers continuted their control of the match from that point on.
In the 30th minute, a Peru player was ejected for throwning an elbow and striking Kickers defender Chad Dye. Despite the playing a man down, Peru almost broke through with a goal late in the first half. Kickers goalkeeper and captain Mike Lott, quickly came off his line to save the breakaway.
The second half saw the Kickers continue to dominate possession. At the 65 minute mark, a through ball put Baltimore forward Erick Herbert in a footrace with the advancing Peru goalkeeper. Hebert beat the onrushing keeper to the ball by flicking it high over him and into the back of the net to make it 3-0 Kickers.
10 minutes later, Herbert would add another tally when a penetrating ball found Herbert one-on-one with the Peru keeper. Herbert dribbled the goalkeeper and calmly slotted the ball home to widen the gap at 4-0.
In the 80th minute the Kickers' midfielder Kyle Leahy dribbled his defender and was bearing down on goal when he was cut down from behind in the penalty area. His spot kick was saved by the Peru goalkeeper and the margin stayed at 4-0.
At the 85 minute mark, Kickers defender James Smyrnioudous found himself bearing down on goal after a great run down the right flank. As he brought the ball into the box to shoot, he was knocked over by a Peru defender. Kickers coach Ricky Sanchez stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick, and fired the ball high and just off center past the goalkeeper. Sanchez's goal made the final score 5-0.
The Kickers are back in action on Sunday, August 30th at Steffen Field as they take on Charles Village United. Kickoff is set for 10:00AM.