Trojans falter late in second half


Photo by Will Nacouzi/The Skyline View

Colts’ Khalid Arramdani (25) looks to shoot the ball past Skyline defender Connor Mcnab.

Shaquill Stewart, TSV Staff Writer

Skyline men’s soccer team, the Skyline Trojans were defeated by the Canada College Colts on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with a score of 4-1.

The Trojans played against the Canada College Colts on a very windy day. The Trojans came into the game with no wins in conference play and have lost three out of four games at home. Having tied in their last home game, this game was very important against a very good Colts team to see how they stack up. From the opening whistle, the Trojans came out with great quality play and aggressiveness to start the game.

“We did well since we scored first,” says Trojans’ Andres Portillo. The passing was crisp and perfect in the first 10 minutes of the game. Trojans’ captain Yoann Rosas gave a great assist to Gabriel Sanchez to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

The Trojans played solid in the first half and had many chances to score. Yet on three occasions had scoring chances negated with off-sides penalties. The Trojans had a corner kick with 35 minutes left and still could not capitalize.

But the Colts did capitalize on their chances, as one Trojan defender misplayed the ball and a Colts’ player scored on a breakaway goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the first half.

“We played a quality game and had chances to score,” head coach Danny Link said on the play of his team. As the game wore on both teams began to go at each other at a high level of competitiveness. Unfortunately, the Trojans began to lose their momentum as Rosas went down with an apparent leg injury with 12 minutes left in the first.

The loss of Rosas proved too crucial as the team lost its aggressiveness and communication. All of the missed opportunities in the first half would come back to haunt them later.

In the second half, the Colts came out firing in the first seven minutes as Trojans’ goalie Juan Venegas had to make back-to-back saves. But it was becoming clear that the Colts were beginning to take possession of the game.

The mistakes and frustration of being unable to score in the first was coming back to bite them in the second half, as Trojans’ mid-fielder Joao Costa had a huge slide tackle on a Colts player that caused him to get a yellow card which woke up the Canada sideline and coaches.

Clearly, after that tackle, the Trojans could not make up for their own mistakes, and the momentum piled on in the Colts’ favor as Khalid Arramdani of Canada College took full advantage and scored two goals in an 11 minute span to break the tie and push the lead to 3-1.

After that the Trojans seemed to have lost their composure as Sanchez received another yellow card. Immediately after, Arramdani scored again to put the nail in the coffin of the game and the final score of 4-1.

“Just keep it simple and play simple… gotta work on the small things” Link said to his team after the game.

“We just got to show up to practice and get the job done” Portillo said.

The lost brings the Trojan’s season record in conference play to zero wins, three losses and one tie.