On three separate occasions during Tuesday's match between the Poolesville High School boys soccer team and host Gaithersburg, a Falcons player delivered a perfect crossing pass that the receiving forward was unable to convert for a goal.
The frustration was evident as players threw their hands in the air or covered their face.
But ultimately, it was a textbook pass that made the difference for the Falcons in their 3-2 victory at John Harvill Stadium on a rainy afternoon.
In the 75th minute, Poolesville (2-4-0) senior Andrew Wills streaked down the near flank after running down a through ball from senior Kai Meredith. Once near the box, Wills sent a cross to Jerson Ortez, who didn't miss. Ortez's late goal was one of two second half tallies for the Falcons, who erased a deficit in the final 40 minutes.
“We stepped up as a team, I think. There were a few guys who stepped up in the front who generated a lot of offense,” Wills said.
Poolesville's second victory of the season comes in advance of a match against Damascus on Thursday.
The Falcons other second half goal came when senior Dillon Brian sent a corner kick into the box that Tony Clements headed into the net. The equalizer was the result of a 15 minute stretch of constant pressure by Poolesville after Gustavo Garcia put Gaithersburg (2-4-0) — playing for the second time in as many days — on top, 2-1, in the 48th minute.
“We had been working hard on finishing and I think the hard work is beginning to pay off. But we still have a whole lot more work to do,” Poolesville coach Christos Nicholas said. “We generated a lot of scoring opportunities. I'm just happy that now we're getting more up front.”
The Falcons outshot the Trojans 16-14. Sophomore goalkeeper Christian Reyes (four saves) was solid for Gaithersburg, and made an impressive save in the 60th minute on a long shot.
Gaithersburg went ahead 2-1 when sophomore Max Boimov played a ball to sophomore striker Gustavo Garcia about 30 yards out in the 48th minute. Garcia launched a low shot that found its way by Poolesville goalkeeper Chris Comfort and into the bottom left corner.
Meredith had, perhaps, the most impressive goal of the afternoon in the 15th minute. The Falcons were awarded a free kick from just outside the penalty box. Both Meredith and Danny Martinez lined up over the ball before Meredith took a shot that sailed over the wall and by a diving Reyes to tie the score at one.
“This game, the corner kick, they weren't set right for that. They weren't set for the cross across the field,” Trojans coach Stephen Schwarten said. “It's just small little things. You correct the small things and eventually we'll be a lot better.”
Poolesville 3, Gaithersburg 2
Poolesville (2-4-0) 1 2 — 3
Gaithersburg (2-4-0) 1 1 — 2
Poolesville — Kai Meredith (12'), Tony Clements (66'), Jerson Ortez (75')
Gaithersburg — Neal Iannone (3'), Gustavo Garcia (48')
Poolesville — Dillon Brian (66'), Andrew Mills (75')
Gaithersburg — Max Boimov (48')