By DAVID ERSOFF, Journal Sports
LA Blue Goose Soccer Club finished in fifth place (out of six teams) in its first season in the US League Two after recently dropping its final three games of the season against the top three teams in the division. The season, which started promising with a 3-0 win against the Little Rock Rangers and a close 1-0 loss to the undefeated champions, Texas United, ended with a 3-9-1 mark.
On July 7, in their third match against the Texas Rangers, the injury plagued Blue Goose fell 5-0, in a one-sided game, that saw Texas United clinch the title and a playoff berth.
Blue Goose’s next game was scheduled for July 13, against Mississippi Brilla. Fifteen minutes before game time, lightning was detected within the 10-mile protected rule. The game went on a 30-minute delay, but every few minutes more lightning was detected with more delays. Mother Nature then opened up the skies and the game was cancelled.
Their final game was played July 16 at Clinton High School in Mississippi against second-place Mississippi Brilla.
The game started well for Blue Goose, as they kept the score at 0-0 through most of the first half, even having a couple serious challenges at goal. Keeper Shae Wirt had five solid saves early in the half, with one goal disallowed because of an offsides call.
In the 39th minute Brilla forward Miguel Fernandez hit a rocket from distance, assisted by Marco Astorga, to put them on the scoreboard 1-0. Shortly before the halftime whistle Brilla winger Ocho Fasteen crossed the ball to Dom Gibson, who calmly finished it for what ended up being the final score of 2-0.
The second half was a bit more evenly played, aided by a red card given to a Brilla player. They played the last 30 minutes a man down. Blue Goose forward Samuel Scarth had two solid shots on goal denied by the Brilla keeper.
Blue Goose’s season leader in goals was Juri Schlingmann with six, followed by Johan Arevalo and Scarth with four goals each. Nico TheBerge led the team with four assists, followed by Scarth with three and Gerardo Martinez and Arevalo with two each.
Brett Ekperouh led the team with 43 saves and a 2.14 goals against average, followed by Wirt, who had 12 saves and a 2.31 GAA.
Blue Goose hopes to build on this year’s successes, and learn from the failures, to have a stronger second season next summer.
Contact David at DErsoff@BellSouth.net
Photo courtesy by Texas United