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Monarchs blank Pioneers 3-0

Real Maryland Monarchs News Release -

Saturday, May 16, 2009

ROCKVILLE, MD -- The Real Maryland Monarchs continued their unbeaten home winning streak Saturday evening with a solid 3-0 win over visitors, Western Mass Pioneers.

(James Calder)

The majority of the first half was played in the midfield as both teams struggled to create scoring chances. The Monarchs possessed the ball for the majority of the first 25 minutes. Western Mass would counter holding possession for the next 20 minutes. Both teams were unable to finish in the final third of the field so the score remained tied at 0-0 going into the locker rooms.

True to form, the Monarchs reacted to Coach Anthony Hudson at halftime and came out on fire at the start of the second half.

In the first five minutes striker Gary Brooks drew the Western Mass keeper out to the right side of the goal and then slid the ball back to an oncoming Jimmy Stevens in the middle of the box. Stevens slotted the ball in calmly for his first goal of the season.

The Monarchs later capitalized on a set piece from a Victor Ramirez free kick. Yendry Diaz put away a solid header on the back post from a ball that was misjudged by the Pioneers’ keeper. Unlike earlier in the season, the goal stood giving Yendry his first goal and Ramirez his second point.

After an onslaught of attack from Western Mass, Real Maryland FC put the game away in the 77th minute. Gary Brooks continued his scoring ways with his third of the season to seal the deal for the Monarchs.

The win gives Real Maryland FC a total of 9 points and puts them in second, one point behind Crystal Palace Baltimore who has played three more games than the Monarchs.

Real Maryland FC now goes on the road to Bermuda to play the Hogges on Friday, May 22nd at the National Stadium. The Monarchs return home for their next game at Richard Montgomery High School on May 31st where they will take on the Harrisburg City Islanders at 4 pm for a Sunday Match.

All 2009 Regular Season Home Games will be played at Lester Stadium at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD. For more information or tickets, please visit or contact General Manager David Noyes at (301) 933-6460.

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