Their first test came this past Saturday against the rivals that sent them packing last season, winners of both the league and tournament, the Lions of Dwight School Seoul. The boys entered their warm-ups with a focus and energy not seen when facing such a competitor. When the game got under way Dalton controlled the match right from the get go, however would eventually conceded the first goal of the match. Undaunted by the challenge, center midfielder Philip Yoon spearheaded a multifaceted attack, dealing the ball to his teammates in dangerous attacking positions seemingly at will. Philip from right to left across the box and drove home the equalizer with a left footed strike from 20 yards out. Moments later Jungmin Kim, Freshmen in his second season with the Phoenix, picked off a goal kick and put in a stunning goal to put Dalton up just before half. Dwight had their chances in the second half, but it was the home team who would capitalize twice more to put the game out of reach. Striker Changhwi Park played a nifty ball over the top to Takjun Oh who put the ball away for the third Dalton goal. Both of those boys played critical minutes in their varsity debuts. Sophomore goalkeeper, Danny Lee, in just his second career start made spectacular saves on breakaways throughout the match. With time winding down Bumjoon Kim, who had volunteered to help the team for most of the match at center back, placed the dagger in the back of the net after collecting the rebound from a Philip Yoon shot.
Also making their debut in this game Sungwoo Lee (11), Jeonggon Kim (11), Alex Chang (11), Kevin Cho, and Ricky Kim (9). Gold stars should be awarded to the hard work and dedication of senior captain Jiwon Kang who helped to control the center of the pitch, overpowering and muscling his opponents off the ball on numerous occasions. Ryan Park, Eric Kang and Joseph Park were consistent along the back line. Taeho Kim also impressed the spectators with his effort and passion throughout the game as well as a dazzling shot off the iron early in the first half.
The team will head to Pyeongtaek on Wednesday for the second game of the season. Thank you for everyone who came out to cheer on the boys this weekend!