Iguanas drop season opener

JAWA FC grabs 3 points to start the campaign

Updated Thursday May 19, 2016 by Eric Thompson.

The 2016 MRSL season was finally here, and Iguanas were prepared with lots of new faces and plenty of players to start their campaign. Unfortunately, all the new players took a while to get used to each other and Iguanas struggled to keep up with their speedy rivals in the opening game.

On a warm and sunny Monday evening in Blaine just two days prior to Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you), JAWA FC attacked in numbers like their cinematic namesake throughout the game. Iguanas had numbers as well--they had nine substitutes for their first game--but all the new players and subs translated to little cohesion, especially along the back line. JAWA FC struck twice in the first half from quick, simple runs that got behind a confused Iguanas defense. Just before the half, Iguanas were able to pull one back thanks to a nice run from Dalton Cristilly. He beat a couple defenders off the dribble and rifled a shot just after entering the penalty area. Cristilly's shot was stopped by the keeper, but fellow newcomer Jeremy Winter was there to tap the rebound home to make the halftime score 2-1.

The goal seemed to buoy Iguanas' spirits heading into the second half, but JAWA quashed any hopes of a comeback early in the second half with two quick goals in the first 15 minutes. Once again, poor marking combined with sound off-the-ball movement from JAWA doomed Iguanas and they trailed 4-1. Iguanas were able to score the final goal of the match after Joel Giefer laid off a pass to Scott Hunter, who rifled an amazing shot into the upper corner. The remainder of the game was pretty even and Iguanas had a few chances to inch closer, but the final whistle blew as a 4-2 victory for JAWA FC.

Iguanas will look to rebound at their home opener next week as they host defending Monday Division 2 leaders Dunesday. It won't be an easy task--Iguanas lost both of their 2015 contests to Dunesday by a combined score of 8-1.

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