Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, one of the ablest squads to take to Fort Belvoir’s soccer fields, and the 249th Engineer Battalion, a rising unit sitting in second place in this year’s Commander’s Cup title race, advanced to the semifinal round of the FY19 championship tournament with respective wins over 1st Capabilities Integration Group and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, June 5 at Fremont Field.
In the 6 p.m. time slot, FBCH and 1st CIG held each other off for two intense periods, resulting in a 0-0 tie, forcing the squads into an overtime penalty-kick force of wills. Belvoir Hospital quickly gained the upper hand with a string of successful shots to the net while goal keeper, Shamel Joyner, held off 1st CIG with precision blocks. Forward, Ethan Hicks, ultimately made the game-winning score to advance his team into the semis.
In the 7 p.m. slot, the 249th Engineers and NGA squared off in an intense showdown that redefined defensive determination. The Engineers managed to score early in the opening period, and it would be the only ball to find the net for the rest of the contest. Riding the momentum of the early goal against such a stalwart opponent, the 249th maintained stellar defensive work all over the turf to deny their opponents a single scales balancing shot and ultimately stepped into the winner’s circle with the 1-0 win.