Park Tudor’s Middle School Boys Soccer team enjoyed a dramatic come-from-behind win Monday evening on the road, scoring two late goals to defeat Bethesda Christian, 3-2.
The game started well for the Panthers, as some good combinations of passes, including from Oscar Stuart and Brody Holle, helped set up Peter Dubie for a frozen rope of a shot from 15 yards that found the back of the net for the team’s first goal in three games and a 1-0 lead.
Bethesda, which enjoyed a noticeable size advantage over the Panthers, began to assert itself more and produce some scoring chances. Park Tudor goalkeeper Owen Camferdam made a couple of important saves during this spell. Justin Gershman provided a couple of vital interceptions and Kaleb Strong-Jones applied a lot of pressure from midfield.
Bethesda did manage to score a tying goal late in the half. Then after the midway point of the second half, the Patriots scored a go-ahead goal from a corner kick and led 2-1. Things looked grim for the Panthers.
But at this point, Park Tudor began to play its best soccer of the season so far. Gavin Murphy and Peter Dubie were orchestrating the attack from the midfield, with Humza Raza and Kyle Xu providing good forward play. Kai Komatsu and Will Morris were helping out on the wing from their fullback positions, while Alex Parrish and Edgar Saratt were cleaning up attempted counterattcks by Bethesda from their spot in defensive midfield.
Humza made a run down the right and attempted to play a cross to Kyle, but he was fouled in the area and the referee correctly awarded a penalty kick. Gavin took the spot kick and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to tie the game at 2-2.
Bethesda tried to come back, but now the Park Tudor defenders, including Michael Ruiz, Zayd Khan, Alex Azar and Ahmed Athar were all involved in clearing the dangerous situations. When they couldn’t, Tate Surtani was there to make the save.
But Park Tudor had another attack left, and Humza got on the end of a volley that he ripped into the back of the net to provide the final score of 3-2 and the Panthers’ first victory of the young season.
Also on the team but unable to participate Monday are Beck Chandler, Raiden Miyamoto and Andres de Dios.
Park Tudor plays at home (Lauth Field) Thursday vs International. Come out and cheer us on.