BALTIMORE, Md. - The Frederick Community College Men's Soccer Team opened their 2018-2019 campaign on Tuesday night with a victory over CCBC Essex, a team they had not won against in their past nine meetings, including the past two Region XX finals. This match marked the beginning of the season and of conference play for the Cougars after a postponed match against Rowan-Burlington of New Jersey over the weekend.
The score was opened following a hard-struck penalty to the middle right of the goal from Nehemiah Crawford in the 22nd minute. Each team exchanged chances with the Cougars playing more offensively after going down. The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the Knights.
Less than a minute into the second half Essex had doubled their lead through Oscar Cruz-Osorio after a mis-control at the back. The next 15 minutes FCC attempted to regain their composure and assert themselves in the game. The final 30 minutes were all FCC as they were able to score three unanswered goals in a 15 minute span. Primo Fogam scored the first goal of the season for the team in the 61st minute on a loose ball in the box as he made himself some space to fire a shot through a narrow opening. Two minutes later Vagner Marques-Rodriguez made his mark on the game fully deservedly, as Jonatan Andrade provided the assist, to tie the contest. The game really began to open up from here on. The winner would come in the 76th minute with Primo Fogma propelling the Cougars into the lead thanks to a pinpoint pass from captain Cherif Dicko.
CCBC Essex made a strong push, but FCC's defense pushed back harder with keeper Emmanuel Vargas making good decisions on dealing with crosses and controlling his box. He ended the game with four saves. Six different defenders featured on the backline for the Cougars in the 90 minutes.
The Cougars will travel to conference opponent Howard Community College On September 7th. The ball drops at 4:00 PM.
Quotes from the game:
"The group has come a long way since August 1st. We are still scratching the surface, but I love the gritty win we demonstrated. Very proud of my group and their resilience." FCC Head Coach, John LaRocca
"Despite a shakey start from us, we stayed together as a brotherhood and supported each other. We kept believing with constant encouragement from our teammates, and most importantly our coach, who kept believing in us." FCC student-athlete, Primo Fogam