T.C. Williams sophomore Eryk Williamson scored a goal against South Lakes on March 14.
Photo by Craig Sterbutzel.
Reston The T.C. Williams boys’ soccer team’s work in practice and Eryk Williamson’s recognition of goalie placement helped the sophomore deliver a game-winning goal for the Titans.
Locked in a scoreless tie on March 14, South Lakes was called for a foul near the box early in the second half, giving TC a free kick. Sophomores Williamson and Kevin Ortez set up near the ball. Williamson would take the kick.
"We’ve been working on it lately and I just saw the keeper too far to the right," he said, "so I just bent it around the wall and it went in."
Williamson found the net in the 44th minute, giving the Titans a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Momodu Jalloh added a goal in the 48th minute and the Titans defeated the Seahawks 2-0 at South Lakes High School.
"When you get into [a free kick] right around the box," TC head coach Martin Nickley said, "I feel it’s a shot situation and that’s what you should do is put the ball in the net."
TC improved to 2-0 for the season, including a 1-0 win over Chantilly in the season opener on March 12.
"I think if we just work a little harder," Williamson said, "games wouldn’t be this stressful."
TC did not allow a goal in its first two games. Nickley said the Titans’ back-to-back shutouts have been a combination of strong play from sophomore goalkeeper Edgar Martinez and the team’s defenders.
"I felt like we were doing a good job of closing them down on their shots," Nickley said after the South Lakes game. "… The keeper did a great job and I think our defenders really were stepping to the ball well."
TC will travel to face Mount Vernon at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. The Titans will host Falls Church at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.