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It’s a lot easier to pronounce Chopticon striker Sean Bucior’s last name than it is to defend him.
Just ask Calvert, whom Bucior torched in a 6-0 boys soccer win Tuesday night.
Bucior scored in the 23rd and 35th minutes of the first half and tallied all three times in the second half to propel the Braves (3-3-1, 3-3-1 SMAC) to the win.
“This year I feel I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” said Bucior, whose previous five-goal effort was in a scrimmage against the Cavaliers his sophomore season. “I did feel on, all my shots were just on point.”
“Oh my goodness, he’s my knight in shining armor,” said Chopticon head coach Eryk Peksa. “You don’t want to blink and leave him alone, you need to leave two guys on him because he’s going to take the defense apart and he’s going to score.”
Bucior also drew raves from the Cavaliers.
“[He] definitely places them well,” said Calvert’s Jason Weatherly. “I like what he did on the field. I can say he has some moves; he’s pretty shifty.”
The winless streak for the Cavaliers’(2-4-2, 2-4-2) is now at four games.
“We’ve been struggling this year with consistent play,” Calvert head coach Doug Jones said. “We have moments of brilliance, and then we stop supporting each other. We play as a team in spurts, and then we have brilliant individuals, but when you play as brilliant individuals, you don’t have that strength. That’s a hurdle we have to get over.”
Calvert is averaging just 1.25 goals per game and has gone two straight games including a 5-0 loss to Leonardtown without scoring.
“I think we were the better team; they just caught us on the counter, so props to them,” Calvert senior midfielder Jason Reid said. “It’s definitely frustrating because we were in control the first 15, 20 minutes.”
Calvert was in control early on in large part because of goalie Brady Santerre, who made three strong saves in the opening minutes. The freshman keeper came out and made a sliding save with his right leg to rob Bucior on a breakaway in the eighth minute and, nine minutes later, tipped a shot that caromed off the crossbar.
Bucior opened the scoring when he knocked home a bouncing ball in the box. He netted his second 12 minutes later when he fired a shot into the far corner. Just three minutes later, Micheal Reulet banged home a loose ball off a free kick.
“I wanted to make sure we won the ball in the center, and [we did because] our defensive midfielders did a wonderful job moving the ball around,” Peksa said. “And once we got through their defense and what they were trying to do, the gates just opened.”
“We just fell apart at the end [of the half],” Weatherly said. “The thing is we let one goal in, we just fall apart and it showed tonight.”
Bucior said it was critical to get some breathing room before halftime.
“That was very important because it would have given them momentum the second half,” he said, “and they would have come out stronger.”
He also hoped the win would start the Braves off on a more consistent pace.
“Hopefully this is the game that puts us over the edge and lets us step up,” he said.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Jones is pleased with where his team is headed.
“I’m looking at progress as a team, to work as a team as one and we’re getting there,” he said. “We didn’t put our heads down; we stayed in it even though we had a formidable score [against us]. We were connecting the dots and making things happen. We weren’t playing kickball from the back or panicking. I know they worked hard and followed the shots. I don’t care what the score is, [I’ll be happy] when I can say we played consistently from start to finish.”
Chopticon 6, Calvert 0
Chopticon 3 3
Calvert 0 0
Goals: Chopticon (Bucior 5, Reulet)
Saves: Chopticon (Dixon 7); Calvert (Santerre 6, Taubert 4)