On a humid day at High Point High School in Prince George’s County, Walter Johnson boys’ soccer junior Arik Moe scored the team’s third and final goal in a season-opening 3-0 victory.
As Moe, wearing a wide smile, trotted back to his position for the ensuing kickoff, a teammate yelled “Hey, that’s your first real goal!”
That only made the moment more special for Moe.
After missing all but two matches last season because of a back injury, Moe scored three goals in the preseason. But…
“I had some lucky goals. One went over the keeper a little and just barely got over the line, then there was a PK I kind of messed up. It still went in, though, and then another one was just kind of a deflection in,” Moe said. “This one was my first one that no one touched. It was all me. It’s my first real varsity goal. It’s pretty cool.”
Moe’s strike came in the 64th minute. He drew a foul and following the free kick, he ran onto a ball lobbed by Kyle Madden. On the left wing, Moe struck a solid, low-lining ball that bounced over the goalkeeper’s hand and went in.
“Kyle played that early ball over the top and they weren’t paying attention,” Moe said. “I wasn’t marked and hit it in the area where I knew the goal was.”
Wild start: After a first half that left Quince Orchard’s boys’ soccer team scratching its head and down a goal to Montgomery Blair, two long-distance strikes helped the Cougars start the season on the winning side.
Juniors Jorge Quintanilla and Omar Cruz scored second-half goals from 20- and 30-yards out in a fast-paced beginning to the season for both teams.
Also in the second half, Blair coach John Haigh was ejected after receiving two yellow cards. He was booked with the first caution after challenging a non-call in the attacking third and was handed the second after continuing to argue.
Both of Quince Orchard’s goals came following the ejection.
“Put the ball on goal and good things happen,” Cougars coach Kirk Myers said. “That’s exactly what we talked about — making the keeper make saves.”
Solid beginning: It’s so far, so good for Winston Churchill’s boys’ soccer team, which won two games during the weekend. The first, a 2-1 victory against Georgetown Prep, was followed by a 1-0 win against Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.
How they rank
1. Winston Churchill, 2-0
2. Walter Johnson, 1-0
3. Watkins Mill, 0-0
4. Northwest, 0-0
5. Walt Whitman, 0-0
Urbana at Winston Churchill, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Clarksburg at Watkins Mill, 7 p.m. Thursday