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Bulldogs out shoot Warriors for win

Stephanie King

It’s always exciting when a pair of rivals meet no matter the sport. On Monday, the Wheatmore Warriors hosted cross-town rival Trinity for a PAC-7 varsity boys’ soccer matchup.

It would be a back and forth battle in the first half as both teams struggled to score. Wheatmore came out aggressive and created multiple opportunities to score. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Trinity’s keeper was there for the save every time. The Bulldogs started strong and kept up with the Warriors during the first half. Late in the half, both teams had excellent looks at the goal, but the shots sailed just to the side of the goal. At halftime, the score was tied 0-0.

These two rivals kept the intensity as the second half got underway. It would not take long for the tie to be broken as the Warriors notched their first goal at the 37:00 mark of the second half. Wheatmore continued to step to the ball and took a 2-0 lead after a goal from Juan Pulido at the 32:17 mark. Ryan Smith assisted on the goal. Trinity would not stay behind long as Mauricio Esparsa found the back of the net 31:47 mark. The next twenty minutes went by without a goal and it looked as though the Warriors would pick up the win. Things went Trinity’s way late in the half when Leo Dominguez was given a penalty kick after being pulled down inside the box. Dominguez nailed the penalty kick at the 10:48 mark to tie the game at 2 all. As time was winding down both teams had a shot to win the game but were unsuccessful. The game would be tied 2-2 at the end of regulation.

The game went into a pair of five minute overtime periods and the score would still be tied at 2 by the end. This one would come down to a shootout. The Warriors and Bulldogs would stay tied during the first few attempts until the Trinity keeper blocked a Wheatmore shot. Dominguez notch the final goal of the game to give the Bulldogs the win over the Warriors. Trinity won the shootout 5 to 3 and won the game 2-2.

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