Article written by Darrell Ashley, SportsNOLA.com
NEW ORLEANS - Two south Louisiana rivals appeared on their way to a draw but the New Orleans Jesters found a way to win in the end.
In the 87th minute, former Jesuit and current University of Maryland standout Patrick Mullins scored to power the Jesters to a 2-1 win over the Baton Rouge Capitals in a PDL match on Saturday night at Pan American Stadium.
Emmanuel Yamson had the key assist on the play, charging down the field to set up Mullins for a wide open shot on goal. The Capitals had one more opportunity to score to avoid a loss in extra time, but Steven Cabos missed the goal on a throw-in off his head.
Yamson subbed for Paris Simmons in the 61st minute and played a key role in the victory. “He is so effective for us in the last 30 minutes of the game. He did it again today. I told him you are going to hit the post, score or create a great chance for us. He knows his role. Soccer is moving in that direction where players have roles and he does his absolutely superbly,” said Jesters head coach Kenny Farrell.
After a scoreless first half, the Jesters scored the first goal of the game when Simmons put the ball into the back of the net on a rebound after Patrick Mullins missed the initial shot. Both players did not play in the Jesters' 1-0 home loss to El Paso last Saturday.
Baton Rouge would answer and tie the game in the 66th minute on a goal by Achille Campion off of a free kick. A simple defensive mistake led to the Capitols' scoring chance. “We switched off. We have done that a couple of times. I think we switched off for a second and you can’t do that. You can’t take your eye off the ball. We should not have let them in that area but it happened,” said Farrell.
The Jesters (6-3) will begin a three-game road trip next week starting Wednesday in a rematch against Baton Rouge (4-5-1) at 7 p.m. New Orleans will then head to Texas next Friday and Saturday to take on Laredo and RGV Grandes.