Saturday, February 18, 2017
Lanier High School
Reagan High School
Lanier Boys Soccer began the 2nd round of district play with a tricky Saturday morning fixture against Reagan. Lanier entered the contest unbeaten through six district matches and just two points behind district leaders LBJ. Reagan were struggling in the bottom half of the table but determined to defend their home field on the newly laid turf at Nelson.
The Vikings started brightly and dominated the possession in the opening stages. This period of superiority was punctuated by a Mario Gomez corner kick that Luis Zuniga slammed into the top corner with a bullet header. Lanier were caught napping just minutes later when a Reagan counter attack down the left flank resulted in Felix Santana being chipped with a perfect lob into the side netting.
Lanier would have to settle for a 1-1 score line at half time, but worse than that, they had to face the wrath of assistant coach Foad Idais, who politely expressed his displeasure at the current state of affairs for most of the ten minute intermission. The team was eager to make amends and produce a strong 2nd half performance.
Those reparations began just four minutes into the half when central defender Michael Varela picked out a defense splitting pass to Shelove Dorsainvil who combined with Edgar Mejia before setting up Josue Maldonado streaking forward from his right back position. Josueâs clinical finish into the top corner started an avalanche of goals as the Vikings began to attack in waves.
In the 49th minute Shelove again found time on the ball in the penalty area, and his neat footwork enticed a lunging challenge to earn a penalty kick. Sophomore Juancarlos Hernandez stepped up and held his nerve to score his second penalty in two matches by sending the keeper the wrong way. Later on in the 68th minute Danny Vargas ghosted past his marker on the left wing before crossing to Shelove who unselfishly laid it off to Cristhian Amador to score his second goal in as many games.
In the 75th minute Shelove capped off his man of the match performance with a goal as he raced behind a tired back line onto John Palmaâs through ball, rounded the keeper, and continued dribbling into an empty net. The goal closed out a remarkable four goal 2nd half in which the Vikings, and Shelove especially, were simply unplayable.
The 5-1 result allowed Lanier to keep pace with LBJ and set up a delicious top of the table clash between the Vikings and Jaguars on Wednesday night, 7:45 at House Park. Tickets are still available.
Check out all of the highlights from this game online at: http://www.hudl.com/video/2/1073/58a8e576578d7d3360fc0a3d