After losing four of their previous five matches in the Premier Development League, the Baton Rouge Capitals needed a win in the worst way. With just two matches left in the regular season, the Capitals needed three points to keep pace in the Mid South Division standings with the New Orleans Jesters, who sat four points ahead of Baton Rouge in third place.
A home match against the West Texas Sockers proved to be just the tonic they needed, as the Capitals romped to a 6-2 win in front of a vocal crowd at Christian Life Academy Stadium.
Brandon Chagnard and Achille Campeon each scored twice, while Ben Callon and Francois Navarro got on the score sheet for Baton Rouge, which scored as many goals in 90 minutes as the Capitals had in their previous six matches combined.
“We took our chances,” said Capitals player/coach Stuart Hayers. “I don’t know what else (the difference) is. Everyone was unselfish and played their teammates in for easy finishes.”
Mariano Sapien and Dom Furness were the Sockers’ goal scorers.
“We played pretty good, but we were a little bit tired,” West Texas coach Warren Cottle said. “The height of the grass and the wetness affected them, but at 6-2 there aren’t many excuses.”
Baton Rouge took an early lead in the 16th minute through Callon. Campeon beat his marker on a turn at the edge of the penalty area and picked Callon out in front of the goal, and Callon calmly one-timed the nifty through ball past Sockers goalkeeper Lief Craddock.
Gary Stopforth almost made it 2-0 for the home team in the 21st minute, but his blast from the edge of the penalty area went wide of the left upright.
West Texas tied the game in the 49th minute when Faried Sapien picked out younger brother Mariano in the penalty area with a long cross, a ball the younger Sapien headed past Baton Rouge goalkeeper Adam Pittman.
The Capitals grabbed the lead back just five minutes later when Navarro blew past two Sockers defenders in the penalty area and drove the ball to the far side of the goal past a helpless Craddock.
In the 58th minute, Baton Rouge stretched its lead to 3-1 when Chagnard one-timed a volley after a Hayers cross into the back of the West Texas net. A minute later, the score was 4-1 when French native Campeon banged home a Callon through ball for a goal that almost perfectly mirrored Callon’s goal from Campeon’s assist in the first half.
In the 71st minute, Chagnard picked up his second goal of the night in stunning individual fashion, beating first three Sockers defenders and then Craddock before shooting into the empty West Texas goal.
Campeon picked up his second goal in the 80th minute on a long solo run that saw him collect a Hayers pass in Sockers territory and dribble around Craddock at the edge of the penalty area before banging home his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Furness picked up a late goal for West Texas in the 84th minute.