Three boys made their first start in a Dalton uniform: senior Mohammad Alzaki, freshman Junha Mun and junior Minsuh Lee.
After the opening whistle the boys looked sluggish. The defense, which had played so well the last few games, failed to make good decisions early which led to a number of Chadwick opportunities. However, it just took a momentary burst of energy from the captain, Phillip Yoon, to tip the scales. With the ball being played carelessly around the middle of the field, Phillip was able to bite on an errant touch intercepting the ball and playing it into space. With a cool composure, Phillip ran onto the ball, dribbled past the goalie to his left and tapped the ball into the back of the net. It was almost a carbon copy of a goal Phillip scored earlier this season against YISS.
However, moments later a laps by the defensive line would even things back up. Committing too many men forward and not tracking back to help out, the ball wound up in Chadwick’s possession just outside the box. Sophomore Bushin Kim and senior Jeonggon Kim were unable to clear the ball or pressure the player which led to a cracking 20 yard strike at net. Diving to his left senior goalkeeper Paul Han made an incredible diving save, fully extending his body to keep the ball from the back of the net. However, Dalton defenders had yet again given up on their goalkeeper and failed to crash the net. For the third time this year, Paul conceded a goal that could have been avoided if his defenders had faith in him. It is very frustrating and disheartening, something Coach Musselman will want to work on in practice this week.
However, this was the end of the low moments within the game as Dalton decided to take it up a notch. Coming in as a sub, sophomore Anton Zaitzev put the ball into the back of the net with a nifty scissor kick of a beautiful freshman Jungmin Kim cross. Jungmin would finish one of his own about 30 seconds later from 30 yards out, absolutely smashing a ball past the helpless keeper. Junior Jacob Lee received his first ever assist on the play.
At the start of the second half, the Chadwick boy’s started to leave their feet more often in tackles out of exhaustion and frustration. The chippy play continued throughout the half resulting in some very questionable tackles. Thankfully the boys were able to exit the game with minimal injuries.
Making some incredible saves in the second half was junior goalkeeper Danny Lee. Although he has only played a total of 4 halves this season, he has yet to concede a goal. In his career, Danny moves his average goals allowed per game down to .63. If he can continue at this pace he may be able to catch Dalton legend Jason Lee (2015) who through up a remarkable .5 goals allowed per game average.
Goals from Junha Mun (x2), Taeho Kim and Tylor Park would be added in the second half of play. With the 7-1 victory, Dalton advances to 5-0-0 on the season and will look the return to their winning ways after the March holiday. “A two week gameless stretch here will give us some time to hone in on some of these issues we’ve been having defensively,” said coach Talbot, “it is also an opportunity for us to get a much needed rest, huzzah!”