Iguanas rout Northern FC 9-2

Seven different players find the net in lopsided victory

Updated Tuesday June 30, 2015 by Eric Thompson.

Soccer can be an odd game. After getting shut out in two consecutive losses and tallying only six goals in their first five games, the Iguanas offense has sprung to life over the past two contests.

The week after a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over Blast II, Iguanas returned home to host Northern FC. The visitors were at the bottom of the table but coming off an impressive 1-0 victory over JAWA FC in their previous match. Northern FC was outmanned at first--they had only ten men for the first 10 minutes of the game--but they were outplayed by Iguanas for the entire 90 minutes.

The scoring started early and often for Iguanas. Josh Hanson netted his first goal of the year via a nice through ball from Mark Peterson just five minutes in. Shortly thereafter, Hanson found Kerry Burns to finish off a nice series of passing for Iguanas' second goal. Just ten minutes after that, Burns slotted his second goal after Scott Hunter's shot was deflected at the top of the box. Burns flicked the ball over a defender, past the keeper, and ran under the ball to head it in. Iguanas seemed to be cruising with the early 3-0 lead, but Northern FC managed to score against the run of play with a quick and efficient counter attack. The visitors made the score 3-1 by using their speed up top combined with a nice cross and finish.

The change of momentum was short-lived as Iguanas netted their fourth goal just before halftime. After a Northern FC foul just off the left edge of the box, Eric Thompson sent a free kick right to Burns' head. The Northern FC keeper got a hand to the ball but not enough to prevent Burns from completing his first half hat trick. The teams went into halftime with Iguanas holding onto a commanding 4-1 lead.

The second half was more of the same: Iguanas using patient passing and smart runs to confuse a tired and frustrated Northern FC defense. Kevin Bonnema started the second half scoring, taking a pass from Joe Wieland and getting just enough of the ball to poke it past the keeper. About ten minutes later, Peterson met a great throw-in from Aaron Rosenthal with his head to notch Iguanas' sixth goal. The goal parade continued with the strike of the day from Brian Pearson. Pearson had had a few golden opportunities to score earlier in the game but couldn't capitalize. After a slightly clumsy through ball that went off of Wieland's knee and shin, Pearson took the ball, quickly turned, and uncorked an absolute rocket from about 35 yards out past the diving Northern FC keeper. Iguanas finished off their scoring barrage with two nice headers from pinpoint crosses. Sil Chiriac scored from a well-placed Jacob Kerkinni corner kick and Ryan Elling nodded home a goal from Thompson's cross.

With the game well in hand, Northern FC reminded Iguanas of their dangerous pace by netting the final goal of the game. One of their forwards sped past the Iguanas defense after a failed clearance and calmly chipped a shot over Jason Radatz for the team's second goal. But the damage was more than done, and Iguanas finished off an easy 9-2 victory.

Iguanas now sit in second place in the Monday Division 2 table halfway through the season. Next up is a road game against Minnesota Flying Loons, a team that Iguanas edged 1-0 in the season opener.

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