With the win, Strathmore stayed in the playoff hunt by improving to 3-3 in the East Yosemite League. Granite slipped to 1-4.
Strathmore controlled the ball throughout the first half with well-executed passes. However, the Grizzlies did not intend to give Strathmore an easy win which led them to play with a five-man defense.
This formation was difficult for Strathmore’s offense to surmount, which led Spartan coach Jimmy Madrigal to bring in an extra forward in an effort to get his offense near the goal.
“They were playing with five flat so I made the change to bring in another attacking forward; we had more opportunities to score just because of that change,” Madrigal said.
Just before the conclusion of the first half, Strathmore freshman Alejandro Bermudez buried a shot from just inside the 18-yard box for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Granite coach Luis Espino said he felt that neither team dominated the other and Strathmore was just able to get a shot off that stuck.
“We had a great effort, but once again couldn’t score,” Espino said. “Being able to score has been our issue this season. We just haven’t had any luck.”
Shots were made back and forth throughout the second half, both teams desperately trying to come away with the win. Both Strathmore goalie Adrain Torres and GHHS freshman goalie Gary Hanson made numerous saves that drew praise from their opposing team’s coach.
Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 6:00 am
By Kiley Arce For The Recorder