Friday's matchup saw the largest crowd in attendance at a CDS soccer match in the Musselman era. The fans really gave Dalton a lift throughout the game against ICS-P, a team that gave them trouble earlier in the season. Dalton dominated the game, but had trouble scoring early. Late in the first half, 8th grader, Jungmin, would open the flood gates with a difficult angled shot arched around the keeper. In the second half goals from Bumjoon Kim and YS Jeon (2), would put the game away. Strong minutes by 9th graders Philip Yoon and Miguel Batanero in central midfield made the ball movement look effortless. Their creativity vision, and selflessness are cornerstones of this team. The game would finish with yet another clean slate, 4-0, and the unsung hero's of the backline can chalk up another victory.
The team hosted ICS-U on Saturday. Senior, Woojin Suh, would make his season debut in central midfield. Although the superior team, Dalton seemed to get sucked into lackluster play in the first half. Ball movement seemed difficult and many players couldn't seem to make good reads. However, once the team settled down, central midfielders, JunWoo Lee (captain) and Miguel Batanero, were a one two punch. The two used their speed and creativity to manufacture two goals together, and a number of opportunities for others. After this game, Miguel now hold the record for assists in a single season (5) and his effort, vision, and selflessness is getting the attention of opposing coaches.
A moment of over commitment on the offensive side of the pitch led to a ISC-U goal late in the first half. This would snap the backlines scoreless streak at 3 games. The final score was 9-1.
(Goals by: JunWoo Lee (3), Joseph Park (3), Louis Yeo, Taeho Kim & Tony Shin)
The team will now need to focus on an incredibly important match next Saturday against Dwight.