Blue Devils hold off late surge by Bears

After going up 2-0 in its conference opener Monday, the Maiden soccer team held off a late charge by Bunker Hill to win on the road, 3-2.

“When we can come on the road and get a win, it is always good for us,” said Maiden coach Dennis Ly. “I told my team if we scored early, we’d put them on their heels. We hung on. We played tough in the second half.”

Following a shot by Maiden’s Kevin Aragon that came off of the hands of Bears goalkeeper Eduardo Flores, Christian Medina knocked in the rebound shot with just over 10 minutes remaining to pull the Blue Devils (2-3-1) ahead by one, as they went on to win the game.

“We are still going through a learning process,” said Bears coach Bob Meuser. “The biggest barrier for us is losing so many games in the past. We are learning how to win.”

Maiden went up 2-0 behind goals from Medina and Jacob Powell, but Jesus Rodriguez put the Bears (0-6-0) on the board just before halftime to cut the lead to 2-1.

Attempting to rally his team, Rodriguez outpaced two Maiden defenders to score on an assist from Erland Floriano and tie the game at 2-2.
Moments later, Maiden’s Medina pocketed the rebound from Aragon’s shot to pull ahead for good.

Both teams return to conference action on Wednesday. The Bears travel to Bandys, while Maiden hits the road for a match against Draughn.