Iguanas Fight Back For 2-2 Draw
Second half surge leads to third straight tieUpdated Tuesday June 18, 2013 by Eric Thompson.
In soccer, all draws are not created equal.
For two weeks running, Iguanas lost a late one-goal lead to settle for rather disappointing draws. This time around it was Iguanas that would need to mount the comeback.
With lots of subs for both Iguanas and their opponents, Beer Engines FC, the match was very fast paced from start to finish. Both teams created many chances early on, but Beer Engines broke through first about 25 minutes in. A missed marking assignment in the back for Iguanas created a breakaway chance for Beer Engines. Keeper George Scheunemann stopped the initial shot but the rebound snuck in to give the away team a 1-0 lead.
Beer Engines doubled their lead with about five minutes remaining in the first half. The Iguanas back line misjudged a bouncing through ball and a Beer Engines FC forward sent a perfect chip from the top of the box past Scheunemann. The first half ended with Iguanas in a daunting two goal hole.
They say that a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead in soccer. Iguanas showed why in the second half by dominating the run of play for the remainder of the game. The home side created chance after chance but couldn't put anything away for the first 20 minutes. Iguanas finally broke through thanks to midfielder Joe Wieland. He unleashed a blistering half-volley past the helpless Beer Engines keeper to finally break the Iguanas scoring drought.
Iguanas showed no signs of letting up as they pressed for the equalizer. They were finally rewarded about ten minutes after their first goal from a set piece. Josh Hanson sent a short corner kick to Mack Dykstra. Dykstra drew the defense out and deftly passed it back to Hanson, who powered a shot home through the Beer Engines defense for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
With the score even and momentum on their side, Iguanas looked to steal the full three points but couldn't quite find a third goal in the second half. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, marking the third straight draw for Iguanas.
The draw upped Iguanas' unbeaten streak to four games, but they'll be looking for the full three points next week. Their month-long home stand comes to a close on June 24 at 9:00 PM against Blast II.