The BORP Bombers and Crushers hosted the Kryptonite Pride (Hayward), Santa Barbara Rollin’ Rebels and the San Luis Obispo Dragons on January 11 for their first home games of the 2014 season. The James Kenney gym was full all day and the fans were treated to some thrilling games from all 5 teams.
In their first game of the day, the Bombers scored their first goals of the season as newcomer Ariana Dindzans notched 2 goals off deft assists from Tyrone Cobb and fellow rookie Kayvan Zahiri. The goals came in the second half of a 5-2 loss to Santa Barbara and suggested that the Bombers offense had finally found its “mojo.”
Mojo acquisition was confirmed in the Bombers 2nd game as they staged a nail-biter with the SLO Dragons. Dindzans continued her goal scoring ways as she knocked in 2 in the first half with one ably assisted by Stephen Dykstra. The first half ended 2-2 as Dragon D’Arcy Mumaw matched Dindzan’s output with 2 goals of her own setting up a nerve-wracking second half. Both teams came out of the break with defense on their minds. Inspired goalie play at each end kept the second half scoreless until the 35th minute when Dykstra drove home the Bombers’ 3rd goal. Despite only having 5 minutes left in the game the Dragons kept their composure and with 1 minute left got a third goal from Mumaw securing a 3-3 tie that felt like a well earned result for both these scrappy teams.
The Crushers dominated in both their games with an 8-0 win over the Rebels and and a 13-0 victory over the Dragons. The Crushers aggressive team play kept their opponents bottled up in their own end and the Crusher goalies were rarely threatened. Every Crusher contributed to the scoring bonanza and many of the scoring opportunities were the results of systematic build-up that has been the focus in practice.
Ariana Dindzans: 4 goals
Kayvan Zahiri: 1 assist
Tyrone Cobb: 1 assist
Stephen Dykstra: 1 goal, 1 assist
Calum Cain: 1 goal, 1 assist
Ruby Shemaria: 2 assists
Milo Balcziunas: 5 goals
Stanley Kuang: 2 goals, 1 assist
Cosmo Rudd: 5 goals, 1 assist
Ian Kinmont: 2 goals, 1 assist
Jake Bath: 3 goals, 2 assists
John Madigan: 2 goals, 1 assist
There was one own goal.
Thank you to all the fans for rocking the gym with enthusiastic support for all the teams! Thanks to the AMAZING Boosters who once again provided a delicious banquet of lunch and snacks! Thanks to Stephanie, Chris, Adonis, Eddie, Rose, Tyree and all the James Kenney staff for their warm support of our programs.
Thanks to BORP and the volunteers and referees and athletes, families, staff and friends of all the teams that helped make this a wonderful day of soccer!
Awesome photos from Joe Carrow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jzoe/sets/72157639718919875/
Attached photo of group courtesy of Scot Goodman. Scot Goodman Gallery on the way.