By Diego Zuñiga
Georgetown, DE (October 27, 2020)
The Baltimore Kings pro men’s soccer team scored three goals in the first 25 minutes and held on to the lead, winning 3-1 on the road this past Saturday at Atlético Zacatepec DE in Georgetown, DE.
The Kings came out sharp and looked good in possession early on. The scoring began when outside right winger Pat Fleming broke down the right flank and played a ball on the ground in-behind a high back line. Left back Caleb Kaiss, who pushed up high into the attack for most of the first half, was there to finish past the goalkeeper to put the Kings up 1-0.
Just a few minutes later, center back Ajay Jagadesan played a beautiful long diagonal ball over the back line into the path of Alex Shipley’s run. Shipley popped the bouncing ball over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net, eventually proving to be the game-winner, to put the Kings up by two.
Baltimore continued to press forward which opened up another offensive opportunity with a foul on the outside left corner of the 18-yard box. Forward Vaughn Ridings played a perfectly weighted free kick into the box which took a deflection off of a Zacatepec player into the goal.
In the second half, the Kings played more of a defensive and cautious approach to attacking, looking to preserve the lead. Man-Of-The-Match Devon Douglas stepped up and led the backline, was strong in possession, and made several key tackles that started counter-attacking opportunities. Playing out-of-position due to a last minute roster change, Jagadesan looked comfortable in the backline and complemented Douglas well.
The tempo of the game was set by the high work rate of center midfielders Ken Truong, Alex Shipley, and Gian Peixoto. Truong covered a lot of distance on the field, was strong in possession, and consistently converted his passes in the center of the field.
Zacatepec created many offensive opportunities in the second half, but couldn’t put them away. As Zacatepec threw numbers forward, goalkeeper Brian Greuter made a few key saves in the second half that helped preserve Baltimore’s lead.
Forward Chris Roberts came off the bench and was electric, putting in a gritty performance to spark several counter-attacks.
Baltimore gave up a late penalty from a questionable foul in the box, resulting in a 3-1 final result.
In a last-minute roster change, Baltimore Kings captain Josh Danza did not travel with the team to be with his family as they welcomed the arrival of their baby boy, Nehemiah Charles Danza, that same day.
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STARTING XI: Brian Greuter, Caleb Kaiss, Devon Douglas, Ajay Jagadesan, Tommy Humphries, Ken Truong, Gian Peixoto, Alex Shipley, Junior Escobar, Pat Fleming, Vaughn Ridings (c).
SUBS: Nick Verdi, Axel Bax, Austin Murphy, Ioannis Kiotsekoglou, Gustavo Vera, Chris Roberts.
SCORING SUMMARY: Goals - Caleb Kaiss, Alex Shipley, Vaughn Ridings; Assists - Pat Fleming, Ajay Jagadesan.
Founded in 2015, the Baltimore Kings are a minor-league professional soccer club whose men’s team competes in Pro Soccer Alliance. In addition to a men’s soccer team, the Kings also have a pro men’s futsal team, men’s pro reserve team, women’s team, U23 teams, youth futsal academy, and a free youth soccer academy.