PRINCETON — The Rosewood Eagles defeated the Princeton Bulldogs 4-0 Monday night in a game that was all Eagles from start to finish.
It took the Eagles less than two minutes to score in the match, and they scored with a goal inside of the penalty box from Carlos Gordilla-Baeza. His goal from close range gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
After the early goal from the Eagles, neither team was able to score again in the first half. The Princeton defense did a great job of preventing the Rosewood offense from scoring a second goal in the first half, even with multiple opportunities Rosewood had around the penalty box.
In the second half, Princeton had a chance to tie the game when in the 50th minute, Caygen Gurley was one-on-one with a single Rosewood defender. Although Gurley made good contact with the ball, he kicked it straight to Rosewood goalkeeper Benjamin Peacock, who was able to make the save.
Rosewood took advantage of the save by Peacock when just two minutes later Reece Gery scored another goal inside the penalty box to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
After taking the 2-0 lead, the Eagles didn’t take long to score their third goal of the game. The goal came just four minutes later in the 56th minute from Gery again after the Princeton goalkeeper made a save but the ball landed at the feet of Gery who chipped the ball into the back of the net for the goal.
The Eagles continued to control the game, and they eliminated almost any chance the Bulldogs had from scoring in the second half. When the final whistle blew to end the game, Rosewood came out on top 4-0.
Rosewood head coach Eddie Maldonado said he felt that his teamed played better and created more scoring opportunities in the second half of the game.
“I feel like we started off a little slow,” Maldonado said. “This was a mental challenge today ... as the game went on, we got a little bit better and that showed on the scoreboard. As we played better, we created better opportunities to score.”
With the win, Rosewood improved to 5-0-2 overall while Princeton fell to 0-6-1 with the loss.
Rosewood will take on Eastern Wayne at home on Wednesday at 6 p.m.