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|Real Maryland Edges King's Warriors 3-2|
Rockville, Maryland: The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Real Maryland Monarchs Sunday in Rockville, Maryland in the second of a two-game weekend road trip.
Southern West Virginia had a 2-1 lead in the first half on two goals by forward Tony Stock. After a 30-minute rain delay, Real Maryland was able to rally with two unanswered goals to pull out the one-goal victory.
Sunday's defeat was the King's Warriors sixth one-goal loss of the season. And while the wins haven't always come, the team has been extremely competitive for an expansion franchise in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League.
"I'm very pleased that we have been competitive in almost every game we have played this season," said King's Warriors Coach Scott Reitnour. "Now we just need to learn how to win these games"
Stock scored in the 13th and 30th minutes for Southern West Virginia, with a Monarchs tally sandwiched in between in the 17th minute. The goals for Stock were his 2nd and 3rd of the season. Midfielder Nahom Tekle assisted on both King's Warriors goals.
"I'm pleased that we're getting more dangerous in the final third," said Reitnour. "Tony (Stock) is now finishing and Nago (MBengue) is also starting to score. It's been a real source of frustration that we are improving as a team and that the results have not followed. We are, however, building a solid foundation for the future."
The 3-2 defeat dropped the King's Warriors overall record to 2-8-1, The victory gave Real Maryland an overall record to 6-3-2 and 4-0-0 mark at home.
Erik Mozzo was in goal for Southern West Virginia again on Sunday against the Monarchs.
The King's Warriors will return to Beckley for their next home game on Friday, June 29 when they'll host the Fredericksburg Hotspur at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m. The following night, Saturday, June 30, Southern West Virginia will entertain the Palmetto FC Bantams at 7:00 p.m.