By Tommy Fellner //
A classic Cinderella tale, but instead of a ball on a starry night, this story took place in the midst of a windy rainstorm on a soaked turf. Instead of a magical carriage, the Dons rode in on a 2 game win streak that would be extended to 3, following the 1-0 victory.
The 16th seed Acalanes Dons traveled to play Redwood, the top seed in the NCS Division II playoffs. As the Dons traveled, so did a heavy rainstorm that would completely alter the way the game would be played.
From the start, neither team could gain an advantage or take control of the game. This was mainly due to the inclement weather as both teams struggled to pass the ball around and move downfield.
Neither team had a good scoring opportunity throughout the entire first half and the game remained scoreless, 0-0 heading into the break.
The second half was much of the same; neither the Dons nor Redwood could create a scoring opportunity or control territory, with much of the game being played in the middle portion of the field.
But then halfway through the second half the Dons created some of their own luck. The Dons were fouled in Redwood’s half, resulting in a free kick.
Senior Sevak Jamkochian took the free kick, playing the ball to junior Drew Wondolowski in the box. Wondolowski lost the ball but it somehow found its way to Cameron Shapoorian who knocked the ball into the back of the net.
The Dons bench exploded into a frenzy.
The Dons, with even more resolve, protected their goal as if it were a winning lottery ticket, not even allowing Redwood to come within scoring distance.
This proved a winning strategy and the Dons held on for the remaining minutes to upset the top seed.
The Dons look to continue their run as they take on 9th seeded De Anza on Saturday February 20th.