QGHS Stallions beat Mountain Island 3-0 at home

Stallions goalkeeper Jose Durarte in action.
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The Queens Grant Stallions defeated handily Mountain Island Charter School 3-0 in a conference game on their home field.

The Stallions dominated the action by applying a lot of offensive pressure on their opponent from Mount Holly.  QGHS is now 5-5 overall on the season, and 3-2 in conference competition.

Stallions advancing the ball up field.

The scoring started out just four minutes into the action when junior midfielder Mario Portillo scored on a nice pass into the goal box that could not be cleared out by the Raptor defense and he poked the ball by the goalkeeper with a nifty move for the score, putting the Stallions up 1-0 for an early lead.

Action around the net at QGHS.

In the second half sophomore midfielder Carlos Resillas scored on a breakaway on a nice shot past the goalkeeper with some fancy footwork to give the running Stallions a more comfortable 2-0 advantage.

The game moved back and forth with the Raptor offense trying to mount more pressure on the Stallions.  However, the additional aggressiveness led to some mistakes and additional scoring opportunities for the home team.

Awaiting a corner kick for Stallions.

Later in the second half at 30:00 minutes into the contest a Raptor clearing mistake turned into a score.  The Stallions senior midfielder Jake Braswell scored when he beat the goalkeeper on a quick slant toward the net off a perfect pass to rocket a shot into the net for a commanding Stallion lead at 3-0 with only 10:00 minutes remaining in the match.

Coach Mark Guercio  was very pleased with his team’s play especially in the second half. “We played a little tight in the first half today, however, in the second half we picked up our pace, made good decisions and scored 2 important goals,” said Coach.

Field action at QGHS.

Honorable mention goes to Jesse Bell, Micaiah Sechter and Mario Portillo who all picked up an assist during the contest.  Also, excellent senior goalkeeper Jose Durate who was never seriously challenged with the exception of one scoring opportunity still had a solid game with 4 big saves for the Stallions.

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