Varsity 2019

RHS Varsity blanks Gonzaga Prep 4-0 in Saturday morning breakfast club match!

What a beautiful morning for soccer!  The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the goals were flowing!  The only thing missing was popcorn…

Redmond put its stamp on the proceedings early, with trademark lightening runs down the touch lines, several of which ended in favorable corner kicks.  The Stangs were able to keep the ball in their attacking half for a nice chunk of the first half with quickness and quality physical play in the midfield.  Doyle, Stein, and Michalski all applied eager pressure to the Gonzaga Prep midfielders, leading to some nice turnovers.  Redmond’s over eagerness caught with them on a few occasions however, leading to a couple of offsides calls which negated sure goal scoring chances.

The Stangs got on the scoreboard with a nice slicing and dicing Dadzie run, ending in a perfectly timed pass between two defenders to a speedy and able Rabadan for the clinical finish.  A short time later, Dadzie got in on the assist action again, this time finding Price with a bit of daylight, who took it to the hole for a nice near post finish.

Gonzaga started the second half with better success at possessing the ball, but RHS was able to contain the momentum shift.  After a nice long free kick by Michalski, Dadzie was able to juggle down deep into Gonzaga Prep territory and dump the ball into some open space for an unmarked and barreling Hernandez, who punched the ball into the net past a laid-out keeper.  On the other side of the field, Gonzaga prep was able to earn some goal scoring chances, but the Stangs were able to snuff out the danger.  A nice save on tiptoes by keeper Condon showed us the value of height!

To finish off the assist frenzy, Dadzie timed a nice long pass to a hustling Loo even with the Gonzaga Prep defensive back line which ended in a one on one with the Gonzaga keeper, and the final goal of the match!

And before the crowd could scream “Who’s your Dadzie?” the final whistle signaled full time and another win for the mighty Stangs!

Goals:  18’ (Rabadan, assist Dadzie), 34′ (Price, assist Dadzie), 49′ (Hernandez, assist Dadzie), 63′ (Loo, assist Dadzie)

JV 2019

JV Stangs’ Shutout Winning Streak Continues With a 5-0 Drubbing of Bothell High!

What a result for the Stangs’ first home game of the season!  After two league games, our boys ride to the top of the JV KingCo 4A table tied on points with Eastlake and Issaquah but with a superior goal difference (3 more than the other two). The games against Hazen and Glacier Peak were friendlies.

As usual, our boys started with probing runs and passes to size up the Cougars, and dictating the flow of the game.  A few shots on goal from outside the box and a couple of dangerous crosses all within the first 10 minutes were previews to what was to come on a beautiful warm evening.

A Luke Hammond corner from the right at the 12th minute was met perfectly by an unmarked Pablo Sanchez who headed the ball down, bouncing it off the turf into the back of the net for the Stangs’ first goal.

Without letting off the pedal, the Stangs continued their assault on the Bothell goal, leveraging the speed from the flanks and some fancy footwork and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession.

An attack that started just inside the Bothell half in the 18th minute saw Luke Hammond dribbling the ball all the way into the Bothell’s 6-yard box on the left before threading an inch-perfect pass to an unmarked Jacob Martin running in from the right.  Jacob made no mistake and buried it home for the Stangs’ second goal.

A minute later, it was Jacob’s turn to assist.  Intercepting a pass 20 yards inside the Bothell half on the right, he fed an onrushing Julian Bilger on the left who ran the ball in to the penalty area before unleashing a low shot past the outstretched arms of the Bothell keeper for Redmond’s third.

These classic wide plays seem to be a hallmark of the Stangs’ attack.

In the 24th minute, Will Fitzgerald took possession from deep in our half, before sending the ball upfield past a Bothell defender on the left.  This set off a foot race between the defender and Ben Rist.  Even with a 5-yard disadvantage, Ben caught up but was pulled down two-yards outside the Bothell box.

Alex Mathis curled the freekick over the wall towards a wrong-footed Bothell keeper.  The ball bounced off the keeper’s chest and in the ensuing goalmouth melee, Jacob slammed in his second goal of the game, and Redmond’s fourth.

The Stangs were not done yet as the evening was still young!! In the 32nd minute, another attack from the left flank saw Ryan Maldonado sending a nice looping cross from the outside left corner of the Bothell box.  Ian Loo, coming in from the right, read the flight of the ball perfectly and nodded home Redmond’s fifth goal.

It was pretty much Game-Set-Match with a half to spare (pardon the racquet sports/volleyball reference).

Bothell came back stronger in the second half and managed to string a few attacks together but our boys defended well and we were saved by the upright at the 60th minute.  The Stangs also had a few chances but they were well defended by Bothell’s back line and keeper.

What a great start for the the team considering this is our first season in a tougher division.

Well done Stangs!  Let’s keep on rollin’.

Goals:  Pablo Sanchez (12th, Luke Hammond assist), Jacob Martin (18th, Luke Hammond assist), Julian Bilger (19th, Jacob Martin assist), Jacob Martin (24th), Ian Loo (32nd, Ryan Maldonado assist)

Game Film

Varsity 2019

RHS Varsity set pieces as tasty as pie as the Stangs take down Hazen 5-1 on 3.14!

After the team introductions and pledge of allegiance were recited by the resident Hazen Jill-Of-All-Trades (ticket seller, announcer, medic, valet, and mascot), the Stangs started the match with their game faces on.  Some good pressure from both sides pumped up the excitement levels.  An early Stein yellow card prompted a quick substitution, and a few minutes later a well-directed Hernandez header pass to a scampering Rabadan set up a precision cross back for a Hernandez one-touch strike and the opening goal.   After a mugging in the attacking third, a wonderful Stein free kick forced an impressive flailing and diving save by the Hazen keeper.  Riding the wave of momentum, another chance soon appeared for RHS and a Stein moon ball pass set up a header cross from “The Beast” Wiyrick which led to a delicate Dadzie tap-in.  In the waning moments of the half, a well-executed ball shielding by Wiyrick prompted a chastising from the ref which left some spectators scratching their heads.

Despite the 2-0 RHS lead, the position seemed somewhat uncertain.  Hazen came out of half time with fire in their collective belly and immediately seized the momentum for themselves when an unmarked Hazen attacker was able to slip into open space and drive the ball home.  The Stangs rebounded with renewed focus, and some nice Tibbs distributions down the touch line led to additional RHS attacks.  After more back and forth, Redmond was able to grab the reins again when a loose ball caromed off of Michalski and a Hazen defender and directly to a ready Hernandez who volleyed in another nice one-touch goal.  A few minutes later, Wiyrick was not done with his beastliness, and took a well placed Fahrig corner off the head and into the sweet spot of the net.  Keeper Rash had his hands full and made a few acrobatic saves off of some dangerous Hazen free kicks.  In the waning minutes of the match, a beautifully bending Fahrig free kick and well-timed Doyle header put the match to rest.

Goals:  15’ (Hernandez, assist Rabadan), 39′ (Dadzie, assist Wiyrick), 52′ (Hernandez), 63′ (Wiyrick, assist Fahrig), 75’ (Doyle, assist Fahrig)

JV 2019

JV Stangs Continue to Roll With A Third Away Win Against Hazen Highlanders (2 – 0)!!!

Stangs families and friends who braved evening traffic for the drive down to Renton were treated to yet another strong display from our boys and their third away shutout win in a row.

The Hazen Highlanders were a much stronger team than last year (who lost 0-8 to the Stangs) and started with some spirited attacks early in the first half.  However, our back line and teamwork which saw our midfielders and forwards coming back to assist, forced Hazen to try long shots from outside the box.  Attempts to get in from the middle were quickly smothered out by our defense and any that went through were confidently dealt with by our man between the sticks.

As usual, the Stangs kept their opponents on their toes with penetrating runs and crosses from the flanks and creative passes from the middle.  The Stangs broke the deadlock at the 28th minute when an attempted Hazen attack from the middle was quickly intercepted by Julian in our half before feeding a diagonal through pass to Will on the left.  Will first-timed a low cross in front of the Hazen goal, forcing the Hazen goalie on a full length dive and the lightly palmed save fell right in front of an onrushing and unmarked Ben who calmly tapped it in with his left foot.   The goal jolted Hazen up as they started to string some creative attacks together but alas, their attempts were effectively taken care of by our defenders.

Hazen continued attacking in the second half but failed to finish due to our strong defensive line, and the Stangs looked more dangerous on the counterattacks leveraging their speedy wingers.  Our attacks and shots on goal were more accurate, forcing some heroics from the Hazen goalie to prevent a bigger score line.  It was only a matter of time, and sure enough, the Stangs sealed the game in the 68th minute.  A looping cross from Ryan on the left was misjudged by the Hazen goalie and an acrobatic header from Jacob bounced the ball into the net.

Looks like we are getting tougher opponents as the season goes on but the Stangs are showing that they are up for any challenges as they get better tuned with each game.

Next up, our first home game.  Go Stangs!!!

Goal:  Ben Rist (28th, assist by Will Fitzgerald),  Jacob Martin (68th, assist by Ryan Maldonado)

JV 2019

JV Stangs on a roll with a second shutout win (4-0) against Woodinville Falcons!

A different backdrop from the last game, but similar result.  Back to typical wet Seattle spring weather, our boys beat the Woodinville High Falcons away at the Pop Keeney stadium in downtown Bothell with another spirited performance.

In usual fashion, the Stangs attacked from the starting whistle, with darting runs from the flanks and creative play in the middle.   With continuous pressure probing for weaknesses in the Falcons’ defense, the Stangs had a couple of shots on goal early in the first half as well as some breakthroughs.  The Falcons had a tough time containing the Stangs from the flanks and paid for it dearly in the 22nd minute.  A one-two pass between Cole and Will on the left, saw Cole’s cross cleared by a Falcon defender but the clearance was picked up by Will wide on the left who drew a Falcon defender towards the left corner before passing back to an unmarked Cole at the top of the Falcons’ box.  Cole got down to business with a stinging diagonal shot past the outstretched arm of the hapless Falcons’ keeper to the top right corner of the Falcons’ net.

For the rest of the half, our boys controlled the tempo of the game and even came close to a second goal in the 33rd minute had it not been for the woodwork.   Our boys’ tight formation play and cohesion between the back line and midfield stymied any Falcons attack.

The second half started much like the first, with the Stangs firmly in control. Sustained attacks forced the Falcons into defensive play, giving them no chance to mount any meaningful assault.  At the 52nd minute, a Stangs attack from the right flank involving Cole, Pablo and Ian resulted in a Pablo tee-up for Cole right at the top of the Falcons’ box for Cole’s second penny in the piggy bank.

Without taking the foot off the gas pedal, the Stangs forced a haphazard Falcons clearance 5 minutes later that was intercepted by Ryan who took a couple of steps before blasting in the third goal, from ten yards outside the box.  The Falcons tried mounting a few attacks but those rare forays were either taken care of by our back line or went a begging. The Stangs wrapped up the game with a bow at the 64th minute.  A Ryan corner from the right landed perfectly for Will  for a left footed tap in 2 yards from goal.  Another notch on the Stang’s belt!!!

March on Stangs!!!!

Goals:

Cole Polly (22nd, assist from Will Fitzgerald), Cole Polly (52nd, assist from Pablo Sanchez), Ryan Maldonado (57th), Will Fitzgerald (64th off of a corner from Ryan Maldonado)

Varsity 2019

They need no introduction – Your RHS Varsity Stangs blank Woodinville 3-0!

On a cool and drizzly evening, Redmond fans in attendance at Pop Keeney stadium asked the eternal questions – Would Redmond prevail? Would it snow? Would the RHS players be introduced? Would there be popcorn? The answers, in case you were wondering, were Yes, No, No, No.

Right out of the gate Redmond was scampering, slicing, dicing, doing the hand jive, and taking names. Multiple early RHS corners hinted at the possibility of a bountiful stream of goals, but alas the set pieces didn’t yield the desired results. The constant attacking pressure did though, and yield did Woodinville, to a lively Rabadan run down the right side ending in a slight negative pass back for a Dadzie tap in over and around an outstretched keeper to take the early lead. Dadzie added a second a bit later, gobbling up a loose ball in the attacking third, beating three Woodinville defenders and keeper in the process, and striking it home. Meanwhile, the Woodinville attacks that did materialize were stymied either by the super solid Stangs back line or by the sure hands of keeper Escalante.

The second half saw more pressure from the skilled RHS attackers, causing multiple Woodinville errors. Nice to see such an array of Redmond crosses in this match! RHS Keeper General Rash kept everyone on their toes, spectators included, with barked encouragement and directions. Surefooted Cain kept sequences alive with accurate distribution. Conductor Stein split quality time between striker and midfield and grabbed a goal himself after a Dadzie pass found Stein’s left foot and the back of the net. With the match winding down, Bury smothered space and gave up the noggin with a few much needed defensive clearances. With Woodinville thoroughly frustrated, tempers were flaring but in the end RHS laughed it off and looked up at the scoreboard.

Onward, Stangs!

Goals: 13’ (Dadzie, assist Rabadan), 25′ (Dadzie), 45′ (Stein, assist Dadzie)

Varsity 2019

RHS Varsity springs forward and overcomes early match jitters with impressive win over Glacier Peak in season opener!

At the “high altitude” (600+ ft) Glacier Peak pitch, spectators were treated to a picturesque panoramic view in the clear and cool conditions, with snow lined hills bordering the valley and parachuting activity in full display.  As it turned out, there was also a lot of soccer to be watched!  Redmond started the match with some early season roughness and nerves, and initially had difficulties stringing passes together.  For the first ten minutes of the match, the Stangs struggled to mount a consistent attack and found their defense under a good deal of pressure.  Some timely clearances from Tibbs and Wyrick, as well as some choice saves from RHS keeper Escalante kept RHS even with the Grizzlies.  A few minutes later though, Glacier Peak found the back of the net after a clearance attempt by a charging Escalante unfortunately caromed back off a Grizzly forward who followed the ball into the empty goal for the opening score.  This was a wake up call for RHS, and prompted the Stangs to bear down with renewed purpose.  RHS responded offensively with a nice Dadzie run down the left side, ending with a Michalski to Rabadan tap-in connection, bringing the match even.  With the score again tied, RHS was able to settle down and play a more consistent possession game.  With the passes improving in accuracy, a breakaway led to a nice assist by Rabadan to a sprinting Dadzie for the clinical finish for the lead.  Numerous other tantalizing chances appeared for RHS before the half came to a close.

Aside from a couple of minor timing miscues early the second half, the Stangs continued their run of possession and were able to control the play, with some nice physical moves from Michalski and Doyle.  Dadzie continued to dazzle with quality runs, with one of them ending in a nice find to an open Stein in the box for the quick put-in.  A few minutes later, Rabadan found himself with the ball at the top of the 18 surrounded by three Grizzlies, and with some determined footwork, finessed the ball into the corner pocket.  A clutch defensive one-on-one shutdown by Gordon stymied one of the Grizzlies’ final chances as the match wound to a close.

 

Keep it going, Stangs!

Goals:  13’ (Rabadan, assist Michalski), 18’ (Dadzie, assist Rabadan), 51’ (Stein, assist Dadzie), 54’ (Rabadan)