Tapatilla’s deadly striker Oscar Padilla got things going with an athletic run past numerous defenders and, against all odds, put one in the back of the net in only the second minute of the first half. The Soccleats, embarrassed by their cold feet in the game’s dawning moments, found redemption soon enough when striker Marcos Bernard retrieved a beautiful through ball from Joe Solomon and slid it past a diving Tapatilla goal keeper in the sixth minute, leveling the game at 1-1.
Tapatilla had many opportunities, sliding in and out of The Soccleats defenders, but couldn’t find the net. Solomon made phenomenal athletic runs down the wings and nearly put a few past the Tapatilla keeper, but just couldn’t finish.
Jenny Carlson, center midfielder for The Soccleats, had a standout game terrorizing the Tapatilla defenders and midfielders with numerous runs on goal, but the always solid sweeper for Tapatilla, Cesar Arreola, was there to close the door time after time, maintaining the 1-1 tie through the first half.
Both teams came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, but it was Tapatilla that would get the go-ahead goal. After a defensive mix-up between The Soccleats’ right back and sweeper, the ball bounced through an open midfield and onto the foot of Meno “Ronaldinho” Pena. With brilliant poise and skill, Pena maneuvered his way through what was left of The Soccleats defense and poked the ball under the goalie’s arm into the back right netting, giving his team the much deserved lead.
But The Soccleats were not ready to roll over. Solomon chased down a ball no one thought retrievable and was able to level the score at 2-2 with a no angle shot from the six-yard box past the prone goalkeeper.
With only 13 minutes remaining and the tension between the teams building, play picked up. Both defenses and goalies were put up against a barrage of shots and through balls, but the offenses couldn’t find the sweet touch they had been scrounging for all game. Then, after waiting all game for the perfect opportunity, Padilla was able to box out his defender and create enough space to give his team the go-ahead and ultimately winning goal. After a brilliant ball from Arreola, Padilla faked as if he was going to take the through ball out of the air, but with a little magic and a beautiful touch was able to bamboozle the defender and puncture The Soccleats’ defense one last time and put away the game-winner, making it 3-2.
Solomon had a few more opportunities than goals, but nonetheless played a phenomenal game and did all he could to try and reel in the streaking Tapatilla team. After the game, Arreola noted, “That… is how a soccer game should be.”