COLUMIBA, Md. – An early road test for the FCC men's soccer team as they hit the road on Wednesay afternoon to take on Howard Community College. Not only did the Cougars have to battle the Dragons, they had to battle temperatures in the mid 90's all afternoon. FCC took a 1-0 lead into intermission and never looked back, sealing the victory by a score of 3-1 over Howard. With the win, FCC remains a perfect 3-0 (3-0 MD JUCO) and the Dragons fall to 4-3 (3-1 MD JUCO).
- Vagner Marques-Rodriguez got the Cougars on the scoreboard in the 34th minute as he broke away from the defense and smacked it in to take the early 1-0 lead.
- Out of the break, Luis Alanis scored to make the lead 2-0. Credit Vagner Marques-Rodriguez with the assist.
- The Cougars weren't done and neither was Vagner Marques-Rodriguez. He scored his second goal of the game and found the back of the net in the 59th minute to increase the lead to 3-0.
- Ismael Reyes would score the lone goal for the Dragons late in the contest.
- FCC goalie Ismael Hernandez continues to shine. He recorded 13 saves in the win for the Cougars.
Here's what the Cougars had to say!
"Had to dig deep today due to some injuries. Very gritty performance from our team. Lots of guys stepped up and I'm proud we walked away with the win" Head Coach, John LaRocca
"I think we played well. We slept a little bit first half, but after that we got it together to come back in second half and win 3-1. I'm happy with the work my team put in because we left our hearts on that field." - Ismael Hernandez
"Today, we won a hard fought battle against a strong opponent. Our team overcame a lot of adversity with having limited numbers and a lot of our players playing out of position. This is a win that all of us can be proud of and now we move on to the next one and hopefully stay undefeated!" - Tommy Nguyen
"I love this team honestly. We had a hard time in the beginning, but after the teams goal we just showed up and pushed each other to the limit. It was a hard game with the lack of players because of injuries, but at the end we all played as a team and won as a family. It was a great team effort from the goalie, to the defender, to the midfielder, to the forwards. It was a big win for us, and we still got many more in us." - Vagner Marques-Rodriguez
- The Cougars will travel on Saturday (9/14) to take on Northern Virginia Community College (Long Bridge Park, Field #1, Arlington, VA). The game is set to start at 11:00 A.M.