JV 2019

JV Stangs falls to Issaquah Eagles 0-1 in tough top-of-the-table battle

Apr 23, 2019 – A dramatic evening at the Issaquah High School Soccer Stadium sets the stage for a bitter loss for the Stangs against a tough Eagles. 

The drama started early in the first half.  An innocuous collision in the 7th minute outside the Eagles’ penalty area between Pablo and an Issaquah defender, as they both went for the ball, resulted in a knee injury to the defender.  As the defender stayed down, it became evident that the injury was serious.  Coach Antonio, with his background in First Aid, jumped in to assist and helped determine the need for further treatment by paramedics.  The stoppage lasted around 15 minutes, and with the scheduled Seniors Night for the Eagles right after the game, the referee had to reduce the duration of the halves to 35 minutes.  

As play resumed, the evenly contested game saw action on both ends.  Goalie Nathan and the Stangs’ defense did well to contain the Eagles attack but in the 18th minute, Brandon was called for a handball in the box from an Issaquah cross.  The resulting spot kick was squeezed right inside the left post just out of reach from a diving Nathan.

Play became more physical after the goal and in the 20th minute, Cole was manhandled on the right that resulted in a shoving match between the players.  However, the referee must have seen something else on the pitch that was not evident on the footage as he awarded the freekick to Issaquah.

Things calmed down in the second half but the Stangs could not penetrate the Eagles defense for the equalizer, and the reduced time for the half worked against them also. 

With Eastlake tying Skyline 1-1 the same night, both teams now have 20 points with Eastlake in first having a better goal differential.  Issaquah is third with 19 points and Redmond rounds up the top 4 with 18 points.

The Stangs have an uphill battle as they meet rivals Eastlake (who have yet to lose a game) in a must-win final game on Tuesday to move higher than 4th place. Mathematically, the Stangs can still finish top if they beat Eastlake and both Skyline and Issaquah lose or draw their final games (to Newport and Mount Si respectively). 

Whatever the result, the boys have shown tremendous spirit and hard work in their inaugural season in 4A.  Stangs fans have enjoyed each game and truly appreciate all the effort the team had put in and are behind the Stangs 150%. Let’s all come out in force next Tuesday at our home field to cheer them on in the penultimate game of the season.  The game is at 5:30pm.  Go Stangs!!! You Can Do It!!

JV 2019

Tough night for the JV Stangs as they go down fighting after an early goal against Skyline (0-1).

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.

Go Stangs!!

 

JV 2019

Still moss free as the JV Stangs gathered another shutout win, rolling over Inglemoor Vikings 3-0!!

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)

Game Film

JV 2019

JV Stangs, galloping at full speed, maintains perfect record as they rout North Creek Jaguars 5-0 away!

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)

Game Film

JV 2019

The JV Stangs keep them doggies movin’ with another shutout win, outclassing a spirited Mount Si Wildcats 2-0!

The score line belies the fine performance from our boys as they took down yet another team in the KingCo 4A division.  Anchored by a solid defense, versatile midfield and lightning fast front line, the Stangs demonstrated yet again the teamwork and agility of the entire team to switch from defensive to offensive play and back on a dime – a triple redundancy system of sorts at both ends.

In typical fashion, the Stangs controlled the tempo of the game from the start, fraying the Wildcats’ nerves with some early blitzes from Ian, Ben and Jacob.  It wasn’t long before Mount Si was sent reeling.   In the third minute, a defensive play that quickly turned offensive started with an intercept from Brandon just inside the Mount Si half.  He laid the ball to Ian on the right touchline who placed a deft back heel to an onrushing Jacob.  Taking command at the helm, Jacob rounded a defender at the top right corner of the Mount Si box, shielded from another, and wrong footing a third right outside the 6-yard line, running it to an unmarked Ben who neatly tucked it in for Redmond’s first goal.  The Stangs keep raking in the profits from these quick flank attacks.

Another barrage from the Stangs starting at the 6th minute nearly added more profit to the ledger.   A speedy play on the flanks saw Ian’s volley hit the side netting, and yet another attack on the 10thminute involving Ian and Pablo resulted in a Julian shot just a tad wide of the right post.  A minute later, a Pablo shot forced a tip over save by the Mount Si goalie and an Ian header was also saved by a Mount Si defender on the line a minute after that.

The Stangs, firmly in command, ran the same script in the second half keeping the Wildcats on the defensive most of the time.  A fine diving save by the Wildcats’ goalie in the 65th from a Pablo shot prevented the Stangs from doubling the score.  As the clock wore on, frustration started to set in on the Wildcats.  Pablo was pulled down in attack at the 68th and at the 77th, Ian was fouled at the left touchline by two defenders.  The resulting free kick by Julian was punched in by the Wildcats’ goalie for the Stangs’ second goal as he was pressured by Amir.

Towards the end, a scary collision between Julian and a Wildcats midfielder saw Julian being flipped on his back resulting in a yellow card for the Wildcats player for dangerous play.  Julian was able to walk it off after a minute on the turf.

With each game, our boys are showing that they are a force to be reckoned with in the division.  With this win, the JV Stangs are 3 for 3 and maintains their spot at the top of the table.  Tied on points (9) with second placed Issaquah and third place Eastlake, the Stangs are even on goal difference (+11) with Issaquah but has a better overall performance as they’d never been scored on.  Issaquah scored 12 goals but let in 1.  Eastlake has a goal difference of +7.

Keep on rollin’ Stangs!!!

Goals: Ben Rist (3rd, assist by Jacob Martin), Wildcats Goalie (78th – own goal, free kick from Julian Bilger)

Highlights: Game Film

JV 2019

JV Stangs’ Shutout Winning Streak Continues With a 5-0 Drubbing of Bothell High!

What a result for the Stangs’ first home game of the season!  After two league games, our boys ride to the top of the JV KingCo 4A table tied on points with Eastlake and Issaquah but with a superior goal difference (3 more than the other two). The games against Hazen and Glacier Peak were friendlies.

As usual, our boys started with probing runs and passes to size up the Cougars, and dictating the flow of the game.  A few shots on goal from outside the box and a couple of dangerous crosses all within the first 10 minutes were previews to what was to come on a beautiful warm evening.

A Luke Hammond corner from the right at the 12th minute was met perfectly by an unmarked Pablo Sanchez who headed the ball down, bouncing it off the turf into the back of the net for the Stangs’ first goal.

Without letting off the pedal, the Stangs continued their assault on the Bothell goal, leveraging the speed from the flanks and some fancy footwork and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession.

An attack that started just inside the Bothell half in the 18th minute saw Luke Hammond dribbling the ball all the way into the Bothell’s 6-yard box on the left before threading an inch-perfect pass to an unmarked Jacob Martin running in from the right.  Jacob made no mistake and buried it home for the Stangs’ second goal.

A minute later, it was Jacob’s turn to assist.  Intercepting a pass 20 yards inside the Bothell half on the right, he fed an onrushing Julian Bilger on the left who ran the ball in to the penalty area before unleashing a low shot past the outstretched arms of the Bothell keeper for Redmond’s third.

These classic wide plays seem to be a hallmark of the Stangs’ attack.

In the 24th minute, Will Fitzgerald took possession from deep in our half, before sending the ball upfield past a Bothell defender on the left.  This set off a foot race between the defender and Ben Rist.  Even with a 5-yard disadvantage, Ben caught up but was pulled down two-yards outside the Bothell box.

Alex Mathis curled the freekick over the wall towards a wrong-footed Bothell keeper.  The ball bounced off the keeper’s chest and in the ensuing goalmouth melee, Jacob slammed in his second goal of the game, and Redmond’s fourth.

The Stangs were not done yet as the evening was still young!! In the 32nd minute, another attack from the left flank saw Ryan Maldonado sending a nice looping cross from the outside left corner of the Bothell box.  Ian Loo, coming in from the right, read the flight of the ball perfectly and nodded home Redmond’s fifth goal.

It was pretty much Game-Set-Match with a half to spare (pardon the racquet sports/volleyball reference).

Bothell came back stronger in the second half and managed to string a few attacks together but our boys defended well and we were saved by the upright at the 60th minute.  The Stangs also had a few chances but they were well defended by Bothell’s back line and keeper.

What a great start for the the team considering this is our first season in a tougher division.

Well done Stangs!  Let’s keep on rollin’.

Goals:  Pablo Sanchez (12th, Luke Hammond assist), Jacob Martin (18th, Luke Hammond assist), Julian Bilger (19th, Jacob Martin assist), Jacob Martin (24th), Ian Loo (32nd, Ryan Maldonado assist)

Game Film

JV 2019

JV Stangs Continue to Roll With A Third Away Win Against Hazen Highlanders (2 – 0)!!!

Stangs families and friends who braved evening traffic for the drive down to Renton were treated to yet another strong display from our boys and their third away shutout win in a row.

The Hazen Highlanders were a much stronger team than last year (who lost 0-8 to the Stangs) and started with some spirited attacks early in the first half.  However, our back line and teamwork which saw our midfielders and forwards coming back to assist, forced Hazen to try long shots from outside the box.  Attempts to get in from the middle were quickly smothered out by our defense and any that went through were confidently dealt with by our man between the sticks.

As usual, the Stangs kept their opponents on their toes with penetrating runs and crosses from the flanks and creative passes from the middle.  The Stangs broke the deadlock at the 28th minute when an attempted Hazen attack from the middle was quickly intercepted by Julian in our half before feeding a diagonal through pass to Will on the left.  Will first-timed a low cross in front of the Hazen goal, forcing the Hazen goalie on a full length dive and the lightly palmed save fell right in front of an onrushing and unmarked Ben who calmly tapped it in with his left foot.   The goal jolted Hazen up as they started to string some creative attacks together but alas, their attempts were effectively taken care of by our defenders.

Hazen continued attacking in the second half but failed to finish due to our strong defensive line, and the Stangs looked more dangerous on the counterattacks leveraging their speedy wingers.  Our attacks and shots on goal were more accurate, forcing some heroics from the Hazen goalie to prevent a bigger score line.  It was only a matter of time, and sure enough, the Stangs sealed the game in the 68th minute.  A looping cross from Ryan on the left was misjudged by the Hazen goalie and an acrobatic header from Jacob bounced the ball into the net.

Looks like we are getting tougher opponents as the season goes on but the Stangs are showing that they are up for any challenges as they get better tuned with each game.

Next up, our first home game.  Go Stangs!!!

Goal:  Ben Rist (28th, assist by Will Fitzgerald),  Jacob Martin (68th, assist by Ryan Maldonado)