The Mustangs were coming off of two tough losses to close the regular season and looked to rebound and regain their mojo to start their playoff run. The Lake Stevens squad and supporters traveled long and far to the RHS pitch to take part in this loser-go-home match. Which squad was better prepared? Who wanted it more?
Redmond had no trouble in the early stanza of the match tracking down loose balls, and even when the passes weren’t crisp, the effort and tenacity was locked and loaded. Dadzie started this match eager to please and was caught offsides before the linesman had a chance to unfurl his flag. Patience, young grasshopper. Stein gave the shiver to a few Lake Stevens midfielders which left them second guessing for the remainder of the contest. There were some really nice possession sequences in the midfield between Michalski, Dadzie, and Kieneker, and all enjoyed the display of skill and teamwork. Sometimes it is just good old fashioned fun to watch these guys play (even without popcorn in the mix)!
After a brief feeling-out period, Hernandez received the ball and applied one of his trademark rumblin’, bumblin’, whirling dervish’n runs down the left wing and crossed to Rabadan who connected and chipped the ball into the upper net at point blank range. 1-0 Stangs!
On the defensive side of the ball, Diaz has had a great run this season of frustrating opposing offenses with his skillful and physical play. The Lake Stevens wingers would often feel the brunt of this physicality and would bounce off of him like they had just run into an immovable object. What was that, a fly? Keeper Escalante appreciated the hard work from the RHS defensive front and looked to earn another elusive clean sheet for the Redmond fans.
A few minutes before half time, Dadzie made several Vikings defenders look helpless as he powered into the box pouncing on a loose ball and drove it home. 2-0 Stangs! At this point, the unfairness of the universe was beginning to affect the Lake Stevens faithful, leading to loud huffy complaints and gnashing of teeth from their fans. “The lady doth protest too much”, you could hear the birdies singing from the trees.
A few minutes after the opening whistle of the second half, Dadzie was up to his usual playful shenanigans and juked the keeper on a 1:1 and tapped it home for a 3-0 Stangs lead. Before the ball had a chance to cool off, Hernandez got the ball and weaved and slalomed around three Vikings defenders before a low strike found nothing but twine and the back of the goal for a 4-0 Stangs lead!
Halfway through the second half, Dadzie completed the hat trick by pouncing on some space in the box after fielding a delicate pass from Rabadan. 5-0 Stangs! The remainder of the match was more or less a formality, with the finality and inevitability of the moment sinking in on the Lake Stevens players and supporters. Hats off to your Varsity Stangs for a great scoring display and the clean sheet!
These boys needed this result! Onward and upward, Go Stangs!!
Goals: 11’ (Rabadan, assist Hernandez), 25’ (Dadzie), 45’(Dadzie), 49’ (Hernandez), 59’ (Dadzie, assist Rabadan)