After a very slow and sluggish start, the boys were able to right the ship and go on the attack. Changhwi Park and Taeho Kim made beautiful flanking runs that put ICSP on their heals. After a beautiful give and go with Bumjoon Kim, Taeho Kim played a nifty pass out in front of the keeper that captain Jiwon Kang was able to get to first. After a brilliant touch, he played the pass between two recovering defenders for the first Dalton goal, and his first of the season.
After some substitutions, juniors Mohamed Alzaki and Jae Park their first appearances of the season. In the 30th minute, Mohamad was able to time a run on the right flank perfectly to remain onsides. With defenders in chace, he played a slow rolling ball across the face of the goal where Freshman Kevin Cho played it top shelf for his first career goal. Kevin Cho is making a name for himself up top, the coaches were very impressed with the runs and confident play they saw from their striker. Danny Lee also played superb in goal in the first half. With the sun in his eyes, he punched out a number of dangerous corner and free kick attempts.
The half drew to a close at 2-0 and the snow began to fall. Re-energized after the break, the boys took to the field with a vengeance. Freshman, Jungmin Kim and sophomore Philip Yoon put on a clinic, displaying their control with the ball and precision passing. On a quick break, Taeho Kim, found Bumjoon with a through ball on the left side of the pitch. Alone with the keeper to beat, Bumjoon found the back of the net with a low driven strike.
As the sun began to fade, so did visibility. The defense started to loose shape and players started to loose focus. Jungmin was dispossessed of the ball within our own third of the field. This led to a ICSP corner that could not be cleared properly and found its way into the back of the net for Peongteak’s only score of the night. Danny, looking for his first career shutout would have to wait another day. Making up for his mistake, Jungmin was able to score before time expired putting the Phoenix on top 4-1 with a victory.
Dalton heads to ICS-U next Wednesday on top of the league and looking to gain some distance between themselves and the competition.