Unfortunately, the boys took quite a while to get changed so they were only able to get in a very short warm up prior to the referee’s whistle signaled the game would begin. “A short and unfocused warm up is certainly a dangerous way to start the game” said Head Coach Musselman following the game. The boys started flat, showing little energy and passion. “It was as if the boys expected to simply hand them a win and a clean sheet since they had won 7 games prior” continued Musselman. Simple passes were not finding their way to the target. Possession was lost on careless and senseless dribbling. nobody was hustling on offense or defense. These problems and more led to Dalton’s first time trailing in a match since they played Dwight in the first game of the season. On a ruthless counter attack, ICSP cut the defense apart with brilliant passing down the left side. After working the ball down the wings, they found an open man in front of the goal for a simple tap in. The wind seemed to have left the sails of the Dalton starting eleven. The woes would continue throughout the entire first half, which was really dreadful and passionless soccer. Luckily, the boys were able to dodge a number of bullets and did not concede another goal in the first half. ICSP employed utilized a deadly offsides trap which continue to stall Dalton’s attack. However, moments before the halftime whistle sophomores Miguel Batanero and Phillip Yoon were able to play off one another down the left wing and find space. Yoon beat one last defender before taking a shot at goal which was deflected by the ICSP keeper. Hustling down the right wing, sophomore Eric Kang cleaned up the rebound and put it away for the equalizer.
After a reality check during halftime, the boys retook the pitch and dominated the majority of the second half. Freshman Jungmin Kim and Miguel Batanero worked hard applying pressure all over the field which led to a number of turnover early on. Sophomore Taeho Kim, later to be named the man of the match) made some incredible runs and passes as a substitute. The second goal came early in the second half. Jungmin Kim pushed the ball down the left wing and was overlapped by sophomore defender, Ryan Park. This brilliant run pulled a defender outside allowing Jungmin to take the ball inside where he would eventually cross to senior striker Bumjoon Kim for the go ahead goal.
At that point, the floodgates were open and the boys were firing on all cylinders. Phillip Yoon would slip between the center backs and put away his team leading 8th goal of the season in the back of the net. Sophomore Takjun Oh, coming off an ankle injury, recorded his second goal of the season on a brilliant hustle play moments later. After dispossessing the ball from the jittery ICSP back line, he quickly drove the ball to the edge of the box before finishing in the bottom right corner.
With reserves in, ICSP continued to push forward and would eventually score their second goal with 3 minutes remaining in the match. It was night and day between the two halves played last week. If the team hopes to do well next week in an important game against Kent, they will need to regain their focus and start the game strong. Next week's matchup will be the last remaining home game prior to the tournament which will conclude the season. Go Phoenix!