Apr 09, 2019 – The Stangs had a frustrating night as their unbeaten shutout streak ends with an early goal to a feisty fourth place Spartans. The Stangs fought hard for an equalizer but the Spartans defended fiercely and even had luck on their side as they withstood the onslaught.
The Spartans went ahead right off the starting whistle. An attack on the left saw their left winger sending a cross into a crowded Stangs’ 6-yard box that was met by a center forward who threaded the ball into the net for the Spartans’ first goal.
Missing a couple of regulars already, the Stangs suffered another blow as they lost midfielder Trent early in the first half through a hard ball to the head.
Determined to even things up, the Stangs piled on the pressure and came close quite a few times with some entertaining and creative plays. At the 14th minute, a Will cross from the left was met by an Ian header but was fingertip saved by the Spartans’ goalie at full stretch. Four minutes later Will got off a shot on goal but it was well saved by the goalie. Another chance came in the 21st minute through a corner kick on the right. Ian’s shot had the goalie out of place but was saved on the line by a defender. A minute later, another attack from the left saw Will’s cross floating above the Skyline defenders that was met by Ian. Unfortunately for the Stangs, his looping header over the goalie hit the crossbar.
The second half, much like the first, saw the Stangs mounting attacks in search of an equalizer but the Spartans defended strongly, knowing that by keeping the advantage bodes well for their chances to mount a challenge to the top three teams. In the 48th minute, a Cole shot from the left was smothered by the Spartans goalie. Another chance came in the 69th minute from a through pass to Ian who had beaten his defender but had shot a tad too high. It just wasn’t our night.
As it stands, Eastlake leapfrogged Redmond and Issaquah to the top of the table, still unbeaten but having played one game less. Redmond is second, followed by Issaquah and Skyline – each having lost one game. All four teams are still leveled on points (15).
The Stangs next league game is against Newport (at home), then followed by two important and tough games – against Issaquah (away) and Eastlake (at home). Stangs fans and families, let’s give our boys some support as they head into the final leg of the season. Games are at 5:30pm.