5th Engineers, USMC at top of soccer standings
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Hector Romero, 5th Engr. Bn., takes a shot on the SJA goal in the first half of their match April 11 on Field 2.
Story and photos by Matt Decker
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The 5th Engineer Battalion faced its toughest opponent yet, but kept its perfect record intact to earn a 4-2 victory over Staff Judge Advocate. Meanwhile, the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment won back-to-back matches in a doubleheader to tie the 5th Engineers with a record of three wins and no losses at the top of Fort Leonard Wood’s intramural soccer standings.

The 2017 soccer season passed the halfway mark April 11 with games on Field 2.

After providing an assist, 5th Engr. Bn. midfielder Josh Bardell gives a high five to teammate Eric Arriola seconds after Arriola scored a goal in the second half.
In the early match, the 5th Engr. Bn. team faced a determined SJA opponent that scored the first goal of the night on a shot by forward Ronaldo Reyes nine minutes into the first half.

Six minutes later, the Fightin’ Fifth tied the score on a goal by Robert Zuniga.

After the halftime break, the 5th Engineers pulled ahead briefly with a goal by Hector Romero. However, mere seconds after Romero scored, SJA midfielder Alexander Rim scored a goal to again tie the game 2-2.

The 5th Engr. Bn. sealed the win with goals at the 43rd and 45th minute of the match scored by Eric Arriola with Josh Bardell earning assists on both plays.

The 5th Engr. Bn. also benefitted from its defense, with goalkeeper Chris Lawless ending the match with five saves.

SJA goalkeeper Derrick Brumfield had three saves as the 5th Engr. Bn. took 11 shots on goal.

Maria Pascual, coach of the 5th Engr. Bn., said the team has the Commander’s Cup Soccer Tournament trophy in its sights.

5th Engr. Bn. midfielder Daniel D.J. Jadbir, right, and SJA midfielder Kevin Hillman both attempt to head a pass toward their teammates as SJA goalkeeper Derrick Brumfield looks on April 11.
“If anything, it’s about earning that Commander’s Cup,” she said. “That competition, I think, is what’s driving us. Our last two games have proved that we can compete and we can earn the (trophy).”

Pascual said the members of her team consist of Soldiers from several different companies within the 5th Engr. Bn., but all share a love of soccer, including several players who play on the post-level Fort Leonard Wood United team.

“We have some really good players on our team, but overall we manage to get everyone to contribute,” she said. “I think that is what has contributed to our success — just everyone working together and passing the ball around.”

In other games played April 11, the Marine  Det. handed the Medical  Department Activity its first loss of the season in a 1-0 match. The Marines then beat the 14th Military Police Brigade, 5-0.

The 2017 season has three full weeks remaining, plus a makeup match on May 9 between MEDDAC and the 14th MP Bde. that was rained out April 4.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 May 2017 )