Lanier Boys Soccer produced an emphatic 5-0 victory over Reagan in the district opener for both teams. The Blue Raiders spent most of the first half bunkered in their own half with 10 defenders behind the ball, and Lanier dominated the ball enjoying 68% possession. Early chances fell to Luis Lopez and Mario Gomez before Melvin Andrade finally broke the deadlock with just 3 minutes remaining in the opening half. Melvin found space behind the back line, running onto an inch perfect ball from Martin Ugarte before coolly finishing around the stranded goalkeeper.
Eight minutes into the second half it was Melvin who scored again, this time lacing an unstoppable drive from outside the box into the top corner. Luis Lopez was credited for an assist for setting up the shot with an unselfish lay-off after winning back possession high up the pitch.
Ten minutes later, 2nd half substitute Edgar Mejia took over possession from Melvin before cutting inside and scoring from 25 yards as his side footed effort crept inside the far post. Edgar doubled his tally just four minutes later as he ran on the end of another ball from Melvin before beating two defenders and finishing to the keepers left this time.
In the closing stages, John Palma opened his goal scoring account for Lanier as he found his way onto a blocked Brayan Garcia shot and smashed a drive into the bottom corner from just outside the box. Super seniors Rodrigo Alarcon, Alejandro Amador, and Brayan Reyes then made their presence known to shore up the defense and preserve Jorge Nava’s first clean sheet of the season.
Lanier 5 – 0 Reagan
Goals: Melvin (2), Edgar (2), John
Assists: Martin, Luis, Melvin (2)