Brook Hill is playing its best soccer at the right time. The Guard blanked Carrollton Prince of Peace 1-0 last week to post their fourth win in five games and solidify fourth place with a 7-5 record in the Division II District 2 standings.
The Guard used a goal from Chan Woo Yang and five saves from Edikan Essien to get the win. It was preceded by a 5-0 win over Tyler Bishop Gorman, a 2-1 victory over Tyler Grace and a 7-0 thumping of Gorman.
Brook Hill’s lone blemish down the stretch came in a hard-fought 2-1 loss to first-place Garland Brighter Horizons.
The gap may be too much for Brook Hill to jump up into third place with 1-3 occupied by Garland Brighter Horizons (11-2), Dallas Christian (10-2) and Tyler Grace Community (10-3).
The Guard have two more games remaining in the regular season against Dallas Shelton before Senior Night on Tuesday against All Saints at Herrington Stadium.
In the 5-0 win over Gorman, the Guard got goals from Victor Loolo (2), Yang (2) and Chidiebere Nechi with assists from Chasca Ortega, Loolo, Yang, Rush McLarry and Chidiebere Nechi. Essien made five saves for the clean sheet.
In the 2-1 win over Grace, Loolo and Ortega found the back of the net for the Guard with Caleb Collins providing the assists. Essien finished with eight saves to help the Guard pull out a one-goal victory.
Guard coach David Collins praised the “outstanding defensive effort” from Nwasu, Nechi and Jacob Dumesnil while also crediting the midfield play of Chasca, Caleb Collins and Showa Domia.
Bishop Gorman did not have an answer for Brook Hill in their first meeting, a 7-0 Guard win. Both Nechi and Michael Nwasu got two goals apiece with other tallies coming from Collins, Edmond Loolo and Yang. Collins also had two assists, with Yang, Domia and Sam Nechi also getting helpers. Essien finished with five saves for the clean sheet.
The Guard gave Brighter Horizons all they could handle before ultimately falling in the penalty shootout after a 1-1 regulation to take the loss in the standings. Yang got the Guard on the board with Brighter Horizons equalizing to force penalties. In the shootout, Dumesnil found his target, but was the only Guard taker to score in a 3-1 shootout loss.
“We played a great game against the first-place team in our district,” Coach Collins said. “Our defense was tremendous with Michael Nwasu, Chidiebere Nechi and Matt Russell. Our midfield also (came to play) with Chasca, Show Domia and Mac Rose delivering (a great performance).”