Annapolis Blues FC Defeats Alexandria Rough Diamonds 5-0 in Front of 8,459 Fans and Supporters

By Tyler Lewin/Annapolis Blues FC  

Annapolis Blues FC faced off against the Alexandria Rough Diamonds for the second time this season, resulting in a 5-0 win in Naptown.

Following a prior 12-0 victory by the Blues in the first matchup against the Rough Diamonds on May 17, there was no time wasted in replicating the attacking prowess that has continually been on display throughout the season.  Luke Dunne opened the scoring for the Blues in the opening minutes of the first half.  Dunne received a bouncing pass from Matias De Jesus on the edge of the box.  Taking the half-volley shot in stride, Dunne chipped the Rough Diamonds goalkeeper from just inside the box. 

Five minutes later, the assist-turned-goal scorer, De Jesus doubled the lead. Running down the right side of the pitch, Matty Helfrich made his way to the edge of the box and played a lifted pass over the head of a Rough Diamonds defender.  The ball fell to the feet of Brady Geho who played a short pass to De Jesus, resulting in a simple first-time, slotted finish, underneath the feet of the onrushing goalkeeper.

Once again, the assist man in the prior goal found the back of the net in the next goal, as Geho put the Blues up 3-0.  Davis beat his defender and sprinted down the left wing, making his way into the box.  His first-time pass split the Rough Diamonds retreating defense and found the feet of Geho who calmly took a prep touch and then slotted his finish into the bottom left corner, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.  Geho then secured his brace on the cusp of halftime. Dribbling down the left side of the pitch, Rich Monath took on the Rough Diamonds right back, cut inside, and made his way into the box.  Monath then played a layoff pass to Geho who unleashed a strike from 12 yards out, finding the bottom corner of the back post to put the Blues 4-0 going into halftime.

The second half would see continued success for the Blues, but with less scoring.  Webb Kosich placed his name on the scoresheet in the latter end of the half to finish off the game 5-0.  After the Blues were awarded a penalty kick, Kosich stepped up confidently from the spot.  Making no mistake he placed his penalty kick to the left, finding the side netting and sending the Rough Diamonds keeper diving the wrong way.  The second half was another heavily dominated half by the Blues, holding the line share of possession and not allowing any chances for the Rough Diamonds attack.  

The Blues have now scored 28 goals and kept three clean sheets through five NPSL regular season matches and have only allowed four goals.  

Additionally, the Blues remain undefeated and currently stand at the top of the 2024 NPSL overall standings.  Hitting the road for a midweek matchup, Annapolis faces off against Virginia Dream FC on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm.  With minimal rest, the Blues return home a few days later, taking on FC Frederick for the second time this season.  Kickoff is an earlier one, set for 5:00 pm on Father’s Day, which is Sunday, June 16.

Photo Credit: Kimmy Stevenson/Annapolis Blues FC

 

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