Rams earn second-ever postseason win
STRASBURG – Strasburg had never won a postseason game under coach Joel Ross – until Monday.
The Rams dominated Madison County en route to a 5-1 victory in the Conference 35 boys soccer tournament quarterfinals. It was only the second-ever postseason win for the boys soccer program.
“It’s big. It’s nice to be a part of the team that does that,” Strasburg’s Alex Medrano said.
The Rams (7-9-1) took the lead about halfway through the first half. Strasburg controlled the game throughout and finally scored with about 20 minutes left in the first half.
Strasburg junior Kyle Tiemeyer scored on a shot attempt from Medrano.
“It was actually Alex’s shot. He had a shot and I was running up and I saw that the keeper was going to get it,” Tiemeyer said. “So I slid and stuck my left foot in and chipped it forward and redirected it into the goal.”
Tiemeyer scored again with two minutes left in the first half on another assist from Medrano.
“It was a perfect assist by Alex, straight through the backline,” Tiemeyer said. “I made a run at it, and it was one-on-one with the keeper. I drew him to the right of the goal and put it in on the left side.”
Tiemeyer and Medrano have had a good a connection all season for the Rams. Tiemeyer leads the Rams in goals, while Medrano leads the team in assists.
“We’ve been playing great together all season,” Tiemeyer said. “He’s been feeding me perfect through balls and assists through the back line the whole season, and we work really well together.”
Medrano got into the scoring action in the second half. He scored on a header with about 30 minutes. Medrano scored on an assist from someone else he has a great connection with – his brother, Josh.
“I was ready for him to cross that,” Alex Medrano said. “I just had to take the opportunity. I dove for it and I got it.”
Strasburg junior Alex Miranda stretched the lead to 4-0 with a goal with about 16 minutes left. The goal came on an assist from Makia Sanchez.
Madison County’s Christian Rosado scored on a header with about four minutes left to cut the lead to 4-1.
Miranda then added another goal, on an assist from Mason Carter, with about two minutes left in the game.
“We had pretty good possession,” Alex Medrano said. “Players played very well. We kept up the intensity, and just didn’t give up. So it was a big night tonight. We wanted to get out of the quarterfinals for once, and we accomplished it. So it was big.”
Strasburg coach Joel Ross said he was happy with how his team played.
“We played very well. Nothing against Madison, but they gave us a lot of space,” Ross said. “They had a pretty weak showing tonight. I think they lost a lot of energy once we got the first goal. That made it a little easier for us. … We did a good job dribbling through them, had a lot of great passing. Our goals and our finishes were solid.”
The Rams have had a solid season with seven wins, and have played many of the top teams close. Strasburg will play at George Mason today at 7 p.m. The Mustangs have dominated Group 2A soccer for a number of years, but did have a long winning streak snapped last week against William Monroe. The Rams lost in overtime to William Monroe last week.
The last time the Rams played George Mason, the Mustangs won 5-0. However, the Rams were missing some of their starters and one of the goals came on a penalty kick.
A win over the Mustangs would give the Rams their first-ever regional berth in program history.
“We expect a really tough game. It’s going to be a challenge,” Tiemeyer said. “(The 5-0 loss to them) really put things in perspective that we can beat them. I think we have a really good chance of beating them.”
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