April 17 was a busy night for the 14th Military Police Brigade soccer team, who saw six players score seven goals in an lopsided victory over the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, on Field 2.
“We had good competition; we had fun out there, we made some good passes and got a good result,” said Nicolas Rodriguez, who scored a goal late in the second half and, with the help of teammate Michael Santos, forced the opposing team to commit an own goal, making the final score 8-0.
14th MP Bde. goalkeeper and coach Jason Vanderlee, who finished with three saves, said his team showed a lot of improvement over the previous week.
“We did really well,” Vanderlee said. “We’re communicating a lot better; we’re moving the ball around better, staying spread out and doing what we need to do. All in all, it was a good game. We did an excellent job of playing our game and playing to the ball without playing the other (team’s game.)”
The 14th MP Bde. jumped out to an early lead, with forward Dominique Cooper scoring two goals in the first three minutes of play.
The 1-48th Inf. Bn. defense held off the MPs the remainder of the first half, but the brigade surged ahead in the second half, starting with a goal by Mike Vail, a penalty kick by Cody Outcalt and a goal by Jared Weiler.
After forcing the own goal with help from Santos, Rodriguez returned about a minute later to score an unassisted goal. Chris Fimple scored the final goal of the match for the 14th MP Bde. with about two minutes remaining.
Despite the commanding victory, Vanderlee said his 14th MP Bde. players won’t have a chance to rest on their laurels.
“We’re going to continue to work on our communication, field placement and formations,” he said. “It’s a never-ending process. You’ve always got to work on it to make yourself better. You can’t stop trying to improve, or you’ll lose it.”
Later on April 17, Christopher Jensen scored two goals for the 554th Engineer Battalion in the opening minutes of their match against the 169th Engineer Battalion on the way to a 5-2 victory.
In the late game, the Medical Department Activity defeated the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, 2-1.
In games played April 18:
— The Marine Det. picked up a forfeit victory;
— The 554th Engr. Bn. defeated the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 7-1.
With two weeks of the season completed, MEDDAC and the 5th Engineer Battalion, both at 2-0, are at the top of the intramural soccer standings. They are followed by the Marine Det. and the 554th Engr. Bn., both at 2-1, the 14th MP Bde., now at 1-1. Rounding out the standings are the 3-10th Inf. Bn., at 1-2, the 1-48th Inf. Bn., at 0-2, and the 169th Engr. Bn., now at 0-3.
Four weeks remain in the 2018 intramural soccer season.