Dons Varsity Boys Soccer Continues to Roll…
Acalanes 5, College Park 0
After opening the first 22 minutes in sluggish, post Christmas mode, the balance of this non-league match was played at a high tempo with Acalanes looking just as they did before the holiday break, strong at the back, energetic and creative in the middle, excellent in their finishing, and mostly playing in a well organized fashion and with a strong competitive spirit. All of which is making this years Don’s varsity soccer team truly hard to score on, let alone beat.
After 23 minutes the Don’s first goal came down the right wing, an accurately sent cross from senior Ben Croze, was met perfectly at the far post by senior Luc Van Oss, for headed tap-in.
Just 2 minutes later, senior Stuart Lee, spilt College Park’s defense with a perfectly weighted diagonal pass from the middle of the park down the left wing, Luc Van Oss ran onto the pass before sending a lovely cross into the goal area for junior Mark Helfrich to score with a shot high into the net from close range.
Just another 3 minutes later, Mark Helfrich wide left, sent an accurate pass to the far post for a surging senior Stuart Lee, to finish well at the far post from 5 yards.
The second half action didn’t take long to excite the Don’s fans who braved the cold and rain to cheer on their team. Just a couple of minutes in, Mark Helfrich jumped onto a mistake by College Park’s defense by sprinting onto a misplaced pass and with only the goalie to beat, he sent a powerful low strike past the goalie from 20 yards for his second of the game.
College Park had their chances too and never gave up in this competitive match up, however with Acalanes ball winning midfield, speedy and stingy defense and safe handling keeper, Eric Rogstad, it was a tough day for College Park on their home turf.
The Don’s 5th and final goal came in the 75 minute, senior Nick Warren, sent a long free kick from the halfway line deep into College Park’s goal area, the ball was met perfectly by senior Danny Glascock, who stabbed the ball into the net from 8 yards out. Terrific way to start the new year for the Don’s with a strong win enabled by a solid team performance!
The only negative was seeing senior Lenny Adkerson, leave the field after pulling up with what looked like a hamstring injury. Here’s to a speedy recovery for the speedy winger.
Next up, Acalanes at home to Clayton Valley, Tuesday, January 8 at 6:15 PM.
Acalanes 5, College Park 0
Halftime: 3-0. Scoring; Acalanes, L. Van Oss (B. Croze) 23:00, M. Helfrich (L. Van Oss) 25:00, S. Lee (M. Helfrich) 28:00, M. Helfrich 43:00, D. Glascock (N. Warren) 75:00. Saves, Rogstad (Acalanes) 3,
S. Walker (College Park) 4. Records: Acalanes 6-0, College Park 2-2-1
Barry Allan Lee, Man on the Beat