Monarchs Take Back a Point from Richmond
Silver Spring, MD – The Monarchs took back a point on the road from the Richmond kickers at the University of Richmond. The all important road point keeps the Monarchs in the middle of the standings while they search for a stronger offense.
Having only 3 goals to claim of their own, Real Maryland FC stands strong behind its defense and its goalkeeper. The team has only conceded 3 goals in 5 games. Last night was no different where the Monarchs saw their chances but were denied by the other team’s goalkeeper and defense.
The two teams were at each other right off the bat, but Richmond struck first with #7 Delicate scoring a sitter on the back post from #21 Villanueva. The play broke free from the middle where the ball made its way to Villanueva who got around the Monarchs right side to punch a bullet across the top of the six yard box. Delicate just stepped past the defense and slid home what looked like to be the game winner for most of the night.
Though most of the play was controlled by Richmond, there were chances for Real Maryland early on from crafty combination play between Sanchez and Paterson which resulted in corner kicks. Richmond GK Ronnie Pascale parried or punched away most of the Monarchs distant attack.
In what was to be the determining factor, GK Brian Levey smothered the kickers fire works starting with a great save in the 35th minute where saved a shot that came from a lone kicker sitting in the middle of the box after the ball was bouncing around the area. In the 39th minute, the Monarchs found some luck of their own with posts as #7 Delicate hit a laser off the cross bar.
In the 44th, 45th and 46th minute the Monarch’s GK managed to save a 1 v 1 against #7 Delicate, make a punching save away from a high bending cross and deflected away a low driven ball.
Going into halftime the Monarchs remained only 1 goal down.
In the Second half, just 2 minutes in, the Kicker fireworks continued to where a play similar to how their first goal was scored, Levey made a point blank save on a low driven ball. Three minutes later a handball was called against the Monarchs in their box which awarded the Kickers a penalty kick.
Not to be faked out, and proving to still be on fire, GK Brian Levey made a ridiculous save to his left to keep his team in the game and down only one goal. This seemed to spark the Monarchs who, with the substitution of Hamed Diallo and Jyler Noviello, started to create some chances of their own.
In the 64th minute, Real Maryland managed to get the ball by GK Ronnie Pascale with some help from the kicker defense. The goal was a result from a cross that was bouncing around the Kicker penalty area and hitting off of a Richmond defender and sailing into the far right corner for an own goal.
The play ran back and forth for the duration of the next 25 minutes with each team unable to capitalize on any opportunities. The game ended with four minutes of stoppage time where in the fourth minute, keeper Brian Levey made a full extension dive to the left upper ninety to close out the match.
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