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)

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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)

JV 2019

JV Stangs on a roll with a second shutout win (4-0) against Woodinville Falcons!

A different backdrop from the last game, but similar result.  Back to typical wet Seattle spring weather, our boys beat the Woodinville High Falcons away at the Pop Keeney stadium in downtown Bothell with another spirited performance.

In usual fashion, the Stangs attacked from the starting whistle, with darting runs from the flanks and creative play in the middle.   With continuous pressure probing for weaknesses in the Falcons’ defense, the Stangs had a couple of shots on goal early in the first half as well as some breakthroughs.  The Falcons had a tough time containing the Stangs from the flanks and paid for it dearly in the 22nd minute.  A one-two pass between Cole and Will on the left, saw Cole’s cross cleared by a Falcon defender but the clearance was picked up by Will wide on the left who drew a Falcon defender towards the left corner before passing back to an unmarked Cole at the top of the Falcons’ box.  Cole got down to business with a stinging diagonal shot past the outstretched arm of the hapless Falcons’ keeper to the top right corner of the Falcons’ net.

For the rest of the half, our boys controlled the tempo of the game and even came close to a second goal in the 33rd minute had it not been for the woodwork.   Our boys’ tight formation play and cohesion between the back line and midfield stymied any Falcons attack.

The second half started much like the first, with the Stangs firmly in control. Sustained attacks forced the Falcons into defensive play, giving them no chance to mount any meaningful assault.  At the 52nd minute, a Stangs attack from the right flank involving Cole, Pablo and Ian resulted in a Pablo tee-up for Cole right at the top of the Falcons’ box for Cole’s second penny in the piggy bank.

Without taking the foot off the gas pedal, the Stangs forced a haphazard Falcons clearance 5 minutes later that was intercepted by Ryan who took a couple of steps before blasting in the third goal, from ten yards outside the box.  The Falcons tried mounting a few attacks but those rare forays were either taken care of by our back line or went a begging. The Stangs wrapped up the game with a bow at the 64th minute.  A Ryan corner from the right landed perfectly for Will  for a left footed tap in 2 yards from goal.  Another notch on the Stang’s belt!!!

March on Stangs!!!!

Goals:

Cole Polly (22nd, assist from Will Fitzgerald), Cole Polly (52nd, assist from Pablo Sanchez), Ryan Maldonado (57th), Will Fitzgerald (64th off of a corner from Ryan Maldonado)

JV 2019

RHS JV starts 2019 on a high by blanking Glacier Peak Grizzlies 3-0.

What a start for the 2019 Stang’s JV team! 
Against a scenic backdrop of the Cascades on a crisp, sunny Saturday afternoon, the JV team dominated the Glacier Peak Grizzlies in their first (pre-season) game away.  With accurate and intelligent distribution, pin-point passes and creative play our boys continue our tradition of being one of the top teams in the region.  Our solid and confident defense, creative midfield and speedy front line kept the game firmly in our control.
The Stangs went straight to business after the starting whistle, controlling the midfield and troubling the Grizzlies’ defense with strong darting runs from the flanks and some fancy footwork in the box.  A Grizzly foul in the 30th minute in the box resulted in a penalty which Eshar converted for our first goal.
Our boys continued the momentum in the second half dominating in midfield and giving the Grizzlies’ defense headaches.  At the 73rd minute, a pass from Luke found Amir in the box on a diagonal run.  A quick turn towards goal resulted in trip by a Grizzly defender and the referee pointed to the spot.  Amir blasted the spot kick and put a bulge in the top of the onion bag for their second goal.  The Stangs did not let off the throttle and a minute later, Ryan found Will on the left flank who floated a perfect cross for Jacob to head in the third goal. 
The scoreline should have been higher had it not been for the strong performance of the Grizzlies’ goalkeeper and a few unlucky calls.  What a tremendous performance by our boys considering that it is the first game most of them are playing together.
Well Done Stangs!!!!
Goals: Eshar (30th, PK), Amir (73rd, PK), Jacob (74th, assist by Will)

Game Highlights Link (courtesy of Frank Bilger)

C-Team 2019, Full Program 2019, JV 2019, Varsity 2019

Team Shop for Spirit Gear Now Open!

Hey everyone! We’re introducing a new, exciting opportunity for swag this season! Through a partnership with BSN Sports, we’ve set up an online Team Shop that has various gear (shirts, hoodies, sweats, etc) for RHS Boys Soccer 2019. Anybody is welcome to order— athletes, siblings, fans, parents.

The Team Shop will be open TWICE:
1. 2/15-2/20. This is for pre-season orders. Even though this happens before tryouts and team selections, we’re hoping this will give us a head start for getting our gear earlier in the season. Please note: buying gear does NOT guarantee a spot on the roster. There will be no refunds, so please be aware! This is an “order at your own risk” kind of thing.

2. 2/28-3/4. If you would rather wait to order gear, this is your chance! This will be after tryouts and team selections. Please note: orders take between 3-4 weeks, so any gear ordered during this time may not arrive until almost halfway through the season.

The link is 2019 Redmond Boys Team Shop

***Please note: buying gear is NOT mandatory. The Boosters have also already generously purchased a Nike Hoodie for every boy in the program, in addition to uniforms every boy’s will use for the season. So the Team Shop is just a great opportunity for those who want more than that!

Spread the word to all players, parents, and fans of Redmond Soccer! Get your spirit gear now!