Jan 11 – Acalanes Dons and Campo play to a draw
Acalanes 0, Campolindo 0
Whoever said soccer is boring because of the lack of scoring surely never attended a goalless Acalanes v Campolindo match! I’m sure the fans in attendance at this local derby were totally satisfied with the exciting soccer on show by both teams. From start to finish this was a toe-to-toe drag ’em out battle of total commitment. The game had everything from crunching tackles to great finesse and included just about everything to excite, except goals of course.
The first 20 minutes was an end-to-end open game, which, like much of this game saw nice buildup play by both teams, only for that nice play to fall apart in the final third as both team’s defenses dominated on the night, preventing but a few meaningful chances on goal. After the 20 minute mark Acalanes tipped the balance and started to play that little bit more in Campo’s half, a scenario that maintained until the final whistle. That build up play by Acalanes was some of the best soccer we’ve witnessed all season. Starting with goalie Eric Rogstad’s excellent kicking and distribution, to the Don’s back line’s fine distribution either wide or central. When central Acalanes are blessed with two of the best players in the league in creative and busy, Dan Glascock and Max Mirner, who, for their part distributed the ball further forward only for the eventual break down in the final third where Campo defended very well.
The same could be said in reverse as the Acalanes excellent back line of Nick Warren, Graham Lindgren, Malaak Hamzeh, Patrick Lundgren and James Lande, broke up almost everything Campo could throw at them. The one time Campo did put a powerful shot on goal, there was Eric Rogstad with a full stretch diving save to put the ball around the post. The tackles, the saves, the possession and commitment from both teams all making for a wonderful night of entertaining and quality soccer.
Next up, Acalanes home to Ygnacio Valley, Saturday, Jan 12 at 6 PM.
Barry Allan Lee * Man on the Beat
Photos by David Lee