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)