Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) and Headquarters and Support Battalion’s MCCS Lejeune-New River outdoor intramural soccer game ended in a 1-1 draw after both teams traded second-half goals at Liversedge Field on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 5.
Following a scoreless first half in which both teams had a fair share of scoring opportunities, U.S. Navy HM Andy Guevara put NMCCL up 1-0 early in the second half with a goal off an assist from Cpl. Ryan Hatch.
H&S Bn. responded minutes later when Lance Cpl. Elisha Bailey scored to tie things up 1-1.
As the game progressed, both teams showed more aggression and urgency on both ends of the field; however, neither team was able to take a lead as the match ended in a tie.
As a result, both teams add one point to their season totals. NMCCL moves to 2-0-2 on the season, good enough for 8 points. H&S Bn. now sits at 5 points and a 1-1-2 record in the league’s Scarlet Division.
The H&S Bn. team is coached by Gunnery Sgt. Phil Roland, who says his squad has already shown improvements since combining last year’s brigade team with the battalion team to make up this season’s roster.
“We are doing a lot better than we did last year,” Roland said. “Last year, I thought that we were really athletic, but this year we have a lot more guys that have played soccer before.”
The NMCCL team is led by player-coaches HM3 Jesse Lopez and HM3 Bryan Barron. Eddie Duncan general manages all NMCCL intramural sports teams.
“Communication is key,” Barron said of what the team will work on moving forward. “Being able to pick our heads up, seeing what availability we have to us and making smart choices on the field [will be key].”
Though the goal is to win, the service members who participate in the intramural leagues enjoy getting the chance to be active within sports competitions on base.
“It’s a good break from work and the military world,” Lopez said.
The H&S Bn. is back in action on Aug. 14 versus Marine Aircraft Group 29 at 6 p.m. at the intramural soccer fields on MCB Camp Lejeune. NMCCL, also known as the Goats, takes on Combat Logistics Regiment 27 at 7:15 p.m.
The Lejeune-New River Sports outdoor intramural soccer league has two eight-team divisions, the Scarlet and the Gold. The regular season ends Sept. 10, after which a playoff will determine a league champion.