Iguanas lose second straight, 1-0
JAWA FC scores late winnerUpdated Tuesday June 9, 2015 by Eric Thompson.
The Twin Cities have had no shortage of precipitation over the past several weeks, but Iguanas are going through a bit of an offensive drought. For the second straight week, they were shut out at home by an undefeated team at the top of the Monday Division 2 table.
While the previous week's 3-0 loss to Dunesday was a disaster on a number of levels (defending/attacking/refereeing), Iguanas played well enough to earn a result against JAWA FC. Unfortunately, if you don't put the ball in the back of the net, it's tough to earn points.
On a gorgeous night for soccer at Century College, JAWA FC and Iguanas played a very evenly matched game. The first half saw a handful of chances for both squads but neither team could notch a goal. The best opportunities for Iguanas in the first half came from a lofted shot by Eric Thompson that was poked away by JAWA keeper Kellen Lestor at the last moment and a couple of shots from Scott Hunter and Mackenzie Dykstra that narrowly missed the target. On the other end, JAWA had a couple of close calls that were cleared off the line by the Iguanas defense. Iguanas started controlling the majority of play toward the end of the first half but couldn't create anything in the final third. The halftime whistle blew on a scoreless draw.
Iguanas were a bit more patient with their attack in the second half, building their attack on the ground instead of trying for low-percentage long balls. It resulted in more chances, but no goals. JAWA used their speedy forwards to create a few chances but didn't get anything past Jason Radatz.
Until around the 80th minute. For the third consecutive game, Iguanas allowed a goal directly from a set piece. In the previous two games, Iguanas conceded from a free kick; this time it was from a corner. An unmarked JAWA player took the deflected corner kick and tapped it in to break the deadlock with only ten minutes remaining.
Iguanas created chance after chance as they pushed for the equalizer but their finishing wasn't up to the task. Hunter narrowly missed a header from a perfectly placed cross by Brian Pearson late in the game, and all other attempts on net were either stopped by Lestor or off frame. The match came to a close with Iguanas not getting the result that they had probably earned with their play.
The second straight loss has dropped Iguanas to 2-2-1 on the season and in the middle of the table. They'll try to halt their two-game skid against Blast II in Blaine. Iguanas lost 1-0 and drew 2-2 with Blast II in 2014.