Falcon boys outlast Dogs in shootout

Alhambra’s’ Luke Brown (pictured above against Concord) scored four goals and had four assists in the Bulldogs’ 20-15 loss to College Park on Sept. 28, 2016. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s’ Luke Brown (pictured above against Concord) scored four goals and had four assists in the Bulldogs’ 20-15 loss to College Park on Sept. 28, 2016. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

The Bulldogs and Falcons went at each other on Wednesday afternoon, racking up the goals in a shootout. The Falcons were victorious by a score of 20-15 to even up the rivalry over the last four years.

After a quick goal off that bat from hole set Luke Brown, the Falcons went off. Six straight possessions turned into six goals, a margin which would haunt the Dogs.

The Falcons were quicker than Alhambra, but Dogs did manage to pull back a couple of goals before the end of the first quarter.

Tony Moore drew a kick out, and Dylan Hammond capitalized by scoring a few seconds later. Hammond turned provider for the next goal, beating the keeper at the near post.

But at the start of the second quarter the Falcons rebounded and took a big lead. Tyler Shaver scored with only 21 seconds off the clock. His effort was followed up by goals from Coleman Carpenter, and then yet another from Shaver.

There were few adjustments made defensively by other team, but when College Park substituted in their second string players, Alhambra made some strides toward getting back into the match.

The Falcons opened up a 10-4 lead before they scored twice in the dying minutes of the half. Nico Taliaferro scored a screamer from the right wing, and then Hammond converted a five-meter drawn by Brown to made cut the lead in half.

Alhambra outscored the Falcons in the second half, mostly due to Hammond’s ability to take over the game. He scored three goals in the third quarter to cut the lead down to 14-10. College Park’s coach was adamant about covering the Alhambra junior, and not letting him beat them.

Carpenter was equal to Hammond, and scored a pair of goals to answer back and continue to keep the Falcons in a place where they could comfortably keep subs in.

The two teams drew in the fourth quarter, but with the Falcons in the lead, College Park would leave the pool more content with their performance.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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