Blast II Top Iguanas In 6-4 Shootout

Disappointing Loss Ends Homestand

Updated Tuesday June 25, 2013 by Eric Thompson.

If soccer games lasted only 65 minutes, Iguanas would have had an impressive win over an undefeated team.

Unfortunately their match against Blast II was 90 minutes, just like every other, and Iguanas faltered down the stretch for their first loss in five games.

It couldn't have started much better for Iguanas; they scored early and often. Brian Pearson sent a perfect cross to the back post that Stefan Lucyk headed in to open the scoring. Minutes later Mark Peterson sent a corner kick just over the keeper to Jeremy Leinberger, who tapped in to give Iguanas an early 2-0 lead. Blast II answered with a quick goal about halfway through the first half to cut the lead in half, but the buffer was back to two goals very quickly. Kerry Burns led a quick counterattack and sent a sublime through ball to Josh Hanson streaking past the Blast defense. Hanson took a touch and then slotted the ball home to give Iguanas a 3-1 lead.

In what would become a recurring theme, the lead didn't last long. Blast II got on the board again just before halftime after some poor Iguanas tackling allowed a Blast player to weave through the defense and cut the lead to 3-2 at the half.

Iguanas came out firing in the second half much like they started the game. Their pressing paid off from another set piece. Defender Eric Thompson placed a free kick from about 40 yards out right to the head of Bozidar Djuranovic, who flicked the ball over the keeper to give Iguanas their third two-goal lead of the game.

Blast II came into the matchup having scored 6 goals in each of their previous two games. Unfortunately for Iguanas, they continued that trend with a second half flurry.

The last 20 minutes of the game were dominated by Blast II as Iguanas seemed to run out of gas. The initial marking from Iguanas was solid, but Blast II repeatedly won scrambles in front of the net and put home rebounds to the tune of three straight goals to take the lead. Blast II finished off their comeback with an impressive late goal as Iguanas were pressing for the equalizer, resulting in a 6-4 win.

Iguanas will look to rebound from the disappointing end to their month-long homestand as they head to Blaine to take on Barcelona for a crucial game next week. Iguanas will have revenge on their mind as they suffered a 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the first game of the season.




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