Rain or shine, home or away, nothing seems to tamper the thundering hooves of the JV Stangs. Parents, relatives and friends who made the trip up north were treated to some beautiful soccer from our boys on a lovely sunny Tuesday evening.
Coach Antonio’s well-tuned machine got down to business right away from the starting whistle. With superior horsepower and torque our front line stretched the Jaguars’ defense with their signature probing runs and barrages while our back line and goalie applied the Brembos to any inkling of an attack. Our stalwart midfielders marshaled attacks and backed up the defense when required. Heard this script before?
It wasn’t too long before the first dividend was paid. At the 7th minute, a through pass from Amir at midfield found Luke on the left wing, who floated a beautiful looping cross toward the top of the 6-yard box. An onrushing Ian made no mistake with a leaping power header into the net giving the Jaguars’ goalie no chance.
This seems to jolt the Jaguars as they tried to string a few attacks of their own. But true to the script, the Stangs packed the defense with 5 to 10 men to stifle their opponents. Before too long, the Stangs got the game firmly in control, keeping the ball mostly in the Jaguars’ half and pulling the seams of their defense. The Stangs almost doubled their lead in the 26th minute. A one-two pass between Ian and Alan saw Ian’s pinpoint backheel met by Alan but the upright got in the way of his shot.
The Jaguars started playing the offside trap to contain our speedy forwards but paid dearly for it in the 30th minute. A superbly placed through ball by Pablo was latched on by a quick Ian after beating 2 defenders. A third defender on the left had played Ian onside by a yard when the ball was passed. Sprinting to the right side of the 6-yard box, Ian slotted home his second goal with a diagonal shot.
The Stangs maintained control of the game in the 2nd half. A creative play at the 42nd minute saw Ian using his speed to outrun a defender to collect a through pass near the end line left of the Jaguars’ goal. His pass wide to the left teed up Julian for nice cross across the Jaguars’ goalmouth to a waiting Jacob on the right just inside the 6-yard box. Deftly controlling the ball, Jacob bulged the Jaguars’ onion bag for the Stangs’ third.
Not known for resting on their laurels, the Stangs continued with their attacks from the flanks and another dividend was collected in the 51st minute. A looping cross – this time from left winger Luke – was met by Ian inside the Jaguars’ 6-yard box who then nutmeg the goalie to complete his hat-trick (and the Stangs’ fourth).
The Stangs put a bow on the game in the 76th minute. A beautiful pass from the left found Trent near the Jaguars penalty box. He gave the goalie no chance with a screamer into the back of the net for the Stangs’ fifth.
With this win, the JV Stangs stays on top of the JV KingCo 4A level on points with Issaquah on 2nd and Eastlake on 3rd with only goal differences separating the three. The Stangs remains the only team with a clean sheet. Onward to the next game.
Keep rolling Stangs!!
Goals: Ian Loo (7th – assist by Luke Hammond, 30th – assist by Pablo Sanchez, 51st – assist by Luke Hammond), Jacob Martin (42nd – assist by Julian Bilger), Trent Denholm (76th – assist by Ryan Maldonado)