Recap By: Zachary Jacobsen
Photo By: Duncan Slade
CATONSVILLE, Md. - After two weeks since their last game against CCBC Essex, the FCC's Men's Soccer team showed vigor and no signs of rust on Tuesday Night at conference rivals, CCBC Catonsville. The Cougars wasted little time and took control of the game immediately. FCC Freshmen forward Primo Fogam lead the way for the Cougars once again with two goals with the team's first two shots of the game all within the first seven minutes of the game. The first goal required some individual brilliance on Fogam's behalf to beat and hold off defenders on the dribble while slotting away a hard-struck shot. His second goal of the night came from some well-executed team play and combination as sophomore forward Kenny Simms flicked a ball into Fogam's path as he streaked towards goal as he rounded the keeper and tucked the ball away.
Cougars continued to cause problems for the Cardinals in the first 15 minutes as they created chances and held the ball while stifling the Cardinals with key blocks or tidying up loose balls. In the 14th minute, the Cougars earned a wide free-kick in Catonsville's half. Sophomore Defender Cameron Barnes served in a dangerous ball that froze the keeper Travis Keith to triple the lead.
Catonsville put pressure on the Cougars back-line and mid-field but was unable to be dangerous against the suffocating pressure of the visiting Cougars. The Cardinals best chances came from set pieces. FCC freshman keeper, Ismael Hernandez, made his debut and came up with a momentum defining save in the seventh minute off a corner from a free shot on top of the six-yard box.
The Cardinals opened the second half strong attempting to find their way into the game. The first 15 minutes the Cardinals dug in, but to no avail. The Cougars broke the pressure as freshman midfielder Tommy Nguyen released Vagner Marques-Rodriguez from within his own half leading to a one-on-one to put the game beyond doubt in the 65th minute. Three minutes later, freshman Carlos Guevara would add to the tally as he gathered a loose ball, initially from a Hernandez punt, taking on a defender and beating the keeper from distance.
Ismael Hernandez, coming up big for his first save of the night, handling a well-struck volley late in the match, and claiming any cross or loose ball finished the night with three saves and the Cougars first shutout of the season in his first collegiate appearance.
All 19 healthy Cougars made it onto the field to make their season or collegiate debut. Important experience for the Cougars as they have 48 hours before their rescheduled match against Howard Community College this Thursday, September 20th at 4:00 P.M.