By Tommy Fellner // The Acalanes Men’s Soccer team defeated he Alhambra Bulldogs 3-2, in a competitive DFAL game this Wednesday night.
Neither team was able to establish itself early on in the match. Neither the Bulldogs or the Dons could exploit a breakdown in the others’ defense.
As the match wore on, the Dons were finally able to break through. Alex Shampooria played a through ball to freshman Chris Rogers who corralled the pass and fired it into the back of the net. This was not only the first goal of the game but the first of Rogers’ career as a Don.
Alhambra was quick to reply.
After stealing possession from the Dons the Bulldogs mounted a quick offensive attack. Alhambra began their charge down the field, catching the Dons’ defense off guard and finding the back of the net, evening the score.
Both defenses held strong for the remainder of the half and the score stayed at 1 apiece.
Out of the break Acalanes found themselves yet again on the offensive attack. This time it was Drew Wondolowski crossing the ball to a wide open Luis Martinez. Martinez only had the goalie to beat and hit a nice finesse shot past the goalie to return the lead to the Dons.
Similar to the first half, Alhambra responded quickly, this time on the next possession.
Following an Acalanes foul, resulting in a free kick. Alhambra kicked it into the box where the ball was kicked around with no clear view of who had possession until the ball bounced into the Acalanes goal.
Not only did the goal potentially cost the Dons the win, but Acalanes’ starting goalie Luke Denham was injured in the play. The diagnosis of Denham’s injury is not known.
As the clock slowly wound down it did not look as if the Dons could mount a successful offensive attack to win the game.
But with 6 minutes left Alhambra fouled a Dons’ player resulting in a free kick. Alex Topping took the free kick and crossed it to Drew Wondolowski.
Wondolowski fired what could potentially be the game winning shot but it was swatted away by the Alhambra goalie. As the ball ricocheted off the goal line, in flew Jack Tom who located the ball and kicked it past the goalie for the go-ahead goal with barely any time left.
The Dons held fast for the final minutes and secured a huge DFAL win.