Almeida scores two goals, T-Birds win sixth straight with 3-2 victory over Garden City

Cloud County sophomore Marcel Almeida scores one of his two goals in Friday's 3-2 win over Garden City
Cloud County sophomore Marcel Almeida scores one of his two goals in Friday's 3-2 win over Garden City

CONCORDIA, Kansas — Playing in just his second collegiate game, sophomore defenseman Marcel Almeida is proving his worth for the No. 11 ranked Cloud County Community College men's soccer team as he fills in for injured sophomore captain, Alan Brandao.

Almeida scored a pair of goals Friday off corner kick opportunities, giving him three goals over his past two games, to help lift the T-Birds to a 3-2 win over Garden City and their sixth straight victory.

"Marcel has played very well for us," said Cloud County head coach, James Ross. "He's shown he is very dangerous off corner kicks. He finishes chances."

Almeida's first goal came at the 27:08 mark of the first half as he headed in a corner kick off the foot of sophomore forward, Luiz Garcia.

The duo connected again 14 minutes later as Garcia again took a corner kick and Almeida muscled his way into the box, this time firing a rocket into the bottom-right corner of the net.

Cloud County (7-1 overall, 5-0 KJCCC) would carry that 2-0 advantage into the break before going up 3-0 on a goal from Garcia at the 57:27 mark. Garcia, Cloud County's leading goal scorer this season with six, has scored a goal in all six games he has played in.

Ross praised the play of Garcia and sophomore midfielder Robert Kelly, calling Kelly the "best player on the field (Friday)."

Garden City (3-7 overall, 2-4 KJCCC) didn't go away quietly, though, as forward Remi Emeriau brought the Broncbusters back within a goal after scoring at the 74:42 and 79:33 marks.

Cloud County was able to tighten up defensively and not allow a shot on goal over the final 10 minutes and change to halt Garden City's comeback attempt.

In net, freshman Kegan Lammering finished with five saves in his second start as a goalkeeper.

Up next for Cloud County will be its road make-up game against Pratt Community College at 4 p.m. on Monday.