Iguanas (Probably) Clinch Playoffs With 1-1 Draw
Peterson's second half equalizer likely puts Iguanas throughUpdated Monday August 18, 2014 by Eric Thompson.
In life, it usually isn't a good idea to do only the bare minimum required to get by. But in this case, Iguanas will take the bare minimum every single time.
Going into the final game of the 2014 regular season, Iguanas knew they needed at least a point in their matchup against ACME to make it through to the Division 2 playoffs. If not, they'd have to depend on other teams to help them out, which didn't work so well last year.
After the first half, it looked like Iguanas might have to wait for help again. ACME started the game with a brisk breeze at their backs and controlled a lot of the possession in the opening 45 minutes. ACME's calculated and organized passing left Iguanas scrambling after the ball and unable to build much on the attack. ACME took the lead about 20 minutes in off a free kick that traveled into the right side of the penalty area. An ACME forward headed the well-placed kick across the front of the goal to a teammate who headed the ball past Zak Prauer. Iguanas started to threaten more after the goal but ACME still dictacted much of the play. However, the home team couldn't break past the Iguanas defense again to increase their 1-0 lead before halftime.
Iguanas took the wind advantage in the second half and with it the momentum. In what has become a recurring theme in the 2014 season it took a while for Iguanas to settle down and play more patiently; once they finally did, their attack improved by leaps and bounds. After a few close calls were turned away by the ACME back line, midfielder Mark Peterson did what he does best about 20 minutes into the second half. Peterson intercepted a pass about 25 yards out, took a quick touch, and blasted a shot that dipped past the ACME keeper and under the crossbar for the incredibly important equalizer.
ACME had a few attacks in the remainder of the second half, but Iguanas were able to make crucial stops before any threatening shots were attempted. Iguanas nearly found the game-winning goal very late in the game on a couple of occasions. Emmanuel Giddings beat the keeper on a nice run, but an ACME defender cleared Giddings' shot off the line at the last second. Sil Chiriac almost rifled a half volley home in the game's closing seconds but it found the wrong side of the netting. The game finally came to a close as a 1-1 draw, giving Iguanas the crucial point they needed.
There is still a very slight possibility that Beer Engines FC could overtake Iguanas in the standings for the fourth and final playoff spot. They would have to win their final game against Vandals on Tuesday night...by 13 or more goals. Since that scenario is rather far-fetched, Iguanas are confident that they will be playing Chameleons FC on Sunday, August 17 at 10:00 AM in Blaine. The all-reptile mascot battle will be a huge challenge for Iguanas. Chameleons took the Sunday D2 regular season title with an impressive 12-2-0 record, outscoring opponents 33-9 in the process.