Jan 18 – Acalanes 4, Las Lomas 1

After a scrappy first 60 minutes of play where Las Lomas hung around and wouldn’t go away while maintaining a 1-1 score, and the possibility of earning a tie against unbeaten, top of the league Acalanes. All that changed just after the hour mark as Acalanes started to exert their obvious superiority, putting Las Lomas under much pressure and scoring 3 unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes.
The game started well for Acalanes scoring after just 6 minutes when Lenny Adkerson found the net off a Dan Glascock assist. After which the Don’s fell into a long period of failing to connect their passes, shooting from impossible angles or distances, all of which allowed Las Lomas more time on the ball and a chance to build some confidence.
Remember, the Don’s are top of the league, Las Lomas bottom.  On 23 minutes, Las Lomas scored a fine goal, winger, Stevie Muraoka, raced down the right wing and put in a lovely cross, the ball bounced around the Don’s goal area before being fired off the post, bouncing back into play and landing at the feet of Ryan Moeller, who fired into the Don’s net from 12 yards leaving goalie Eric Rogstad no chance.
Halftime: Acalanes 1, Las Lomas 1.
The second half started much as the first with the Don’s in need of finding their passing game. Las Lomas were still in the game and using some fine wing play created a good chance on goal only to be thwarted by a full stretched diving save by Eric Rogstad.  The Don’s clearly needed to up their game and that they did at around the hour mark when they started to connect on their passes and create chances.  On 65 minutes the Don’s Ben Croze dribbled past a couple of defenders before a third fouled him from behind for a penalty.  Dan Glascock calmly strode up to the ball and right footed a low shot into the corner giving the Las Lomas goalie no chance.  Just minutes later, Nick Lee scored a fine goal after a deflected ball found it’s way to his appreciative right foot. On 79 minutes the Don’s scored a very nice goal created and finished by three younger Don’s players who often come off the bench to help. Initially sophomore Wilson Hall won a free kick, the ball found it’s way to freshman Ian Franklin, who sent in a terrific right wing cross which was met perfectly by sophomore Lucien Chan, who fired home expertly from 15 yards.
By game’s end the Don’s had found their game and exerted their obvious difference in quality. The only mark on the game was to see the Don’s sturdy defender Malaak Hamzeh leave the park with an knee injury. Hopefully Malaak can recover in time to join his team mates this season. Hamzeh, along with the Don’s back line, have been a powerful tool for Don’s coach Paul Curtis in repelling the opposing teams best strikers.
Next up, Acalanes home to San Ramon, this afternoon, Saturday, Jan 19 at 6:00 PM.  
Photos: David Lee
Barry Allan Lee * Man on the Beat