With the season just over the half way mark, our boys remain top of the table, unbeaten and still unscored on. Hosting a determined Inglemoor at Seabloom field, the Stangs continued their streak with some creative plays and great team work.
The Vikings started the game with some early attacks but lacked finishing or were quickly stifled by our midfielders and back line. Within minutes the Stangs quickly turned the tide with some creative play from midfield, keeping the Vikings’ goalie and defense busy.
Trying to weather the Stangs attack, the Vikings had to play defensively, sometimes stacking 7 to 10 players in defense. This however, was not enough to stem the green machine making full use of the flanks. In the 20th minute, Jacob got out of a tight situation on the right touchline and floated a cross to the top of the Vikings penalty box in the middle to a waiting Trent who deftly back headed the ball to his left to Will. Calmly cushioning the ball, Will then blasted in the Stangs’ first goal.
The Vikings needed to raise their level of play and did so with some strong defensive plays and almost had a chance at the 32nd minute. An intercepted Redmond pass at the back was followed by a cross but saw no Vikings up front to take advantage due to their defensive play. Our back line quickly contained the situation keeping the one goal lead at half time.
The Stangs got right down to business in the second half. Within a minute of the starting whistle, a Pablo pass from the middle of the field found Jacob, who’d timed his run perfectly to beat an offside trap. Controlling the ball with his head and another touch with his right foot, Jacob slotted the ball between the outstretched arms of the Vikings goalie and the upright for the Stangs’ second goal.
Firmly in control, the Stangs kept the Vikings’ defense on their toes. With the constant pressure, the Vikings’ dam started to breach again. In the 47th minute, a foul on Ian 20 yards outside the penalty box saw a nice freekick from Julian chipping over the back line. Ian had the ball in the net with a header but was closely ruled offsides.
Eventually the Vikings’ dam burst. In the 58th minute, another Redmond attack saw Cole Poly tripped up almost level to the first foul but on the right this time. The resulting free kick from Luke was met by Ian who headed in the Stangs’ third.
The Stangs kept the action in their opponent’s half right up till the end and got close to extending the lead a few times had it not been for the fine performance from the Vikings’ goalie.
As it stands, three teams remain unbeaten in the league with only goal differences separating them. Level at 15 points, we have Issaquah (on second) and Eastlake (on third) nipping at the Stangs’ hooves.
The Stangs’ next game is a non-league game against Curtis High at home this Friday which should help prepare for an exciting and important game next week against the Skyline Spartans on the Sammamish Plateau. The Spartans are currently fourth in the table, the only other team with double-digit points (12), having lost only one game. If you can make it, do come out and support our boys next Tuesday (4/9/19).
Roll on Stangs!
Goals: Will Fitzgerald (20th – assist by Trent Denholm), Jacob Martin (40th – assist by Pablo Sanchez), Ian Loo (58th – assist by Luke Hammond)