Boys Soccer picked up a crucial win last night against Travis to move into 3rd place in District. Lanier dominated possession in the first half with Erick Sarmiento, Michael Varela, and Chris Torres orchestrating the attack from the back and Agustin Ugarte and Rodrigo Suarez providing the width. One moment of disorganization though allowed Travis in, and Lanier somehow found themselves down a goal at half time.
Just 3 minutes into the 2nd half a quick Travis free kick caught the Vikings off guard and Lanier were down 2-0 and facing the possibility of sliding out of playoff position for the first time. The response from the Vikings was swift and purposeful. Andres Zuniga released Luis Lopez behind the back line with a perfectly played through ball to allow a tidy finish just four minutes after conceding.
From there the Vikings ran riot, and a cutting edge was applied to the slick possession of the first half. Martin Ugarte found a perfectly timed Melvin Andrade run with a delicious, defense splitting pass to set up the equalizing goal with 25 minutes remaining and allow plenty of time to find a winner. Lanier continued to control the game through midfield with John Palma and Agustin Ugarte combining on the right hand flank to create goal scoring chances. The winner finally came with ten minutes remaining as Martin picked up possession from a quick throw in, played quickly to Shelove Dorsainvil, who turned, dribbled past two defenders and finished across the keeper before a 3rd defender could block his path to goal.
Lanier 3 – 2 Travis
G: Luis, Melvin, Shelove
A: Andres, Martin (2)
Current district standings and the link to highlights are below.