Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Legacy High School
Palo Verde High School
The Panthers JV continued their impressive start to the season with an emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Legacy. Starting line up: Diaz, Grunwald, Stodick, Franco, Claire, McGee, Wener, Mohamed, Hayes, Gray, Parker.
The Panthers dominated most of the half with another display of fine passing football. The Legacy defense often found itself too high and too square, which left them exposed to the pace of Lamar Hayes and Ricky Gray. It only took the Panthers 10 minutes to open the scoring when Gavin Claire played an excellent pass from the left full back position to put Hayes in on goal. Hayes rounded the keeper and finished coolly. The Panthers then wasted as string of opportunities as through balls put Hayes, Gray, and Parker through but the end product was missing. As with the Varsity game, the Legacy JV keeper was having an outstanding game thwarting the Panthers on numerous occasions. However, he could not reach a powerful Gray strike from the edge of the box after he had retrieved an over hit corner kick. Gray finished off the half by finding Hayes with an excellent cross field ball but Hayes effort narrowly missed the right post. Half time 2-0.
As the second half wore on, the Panthers looked like they may score on each attack as they tore apart the Legacy defense. Starting line up: Probst, Trevor Wattles, Stodick, Franco, Claire, Connor Wattles, Schutze, Ruffer, Ryder, Hayes, Parker.
A change of personnel for the second half saw normal service resumed as the Panthers assailed the Legacy goal. Again the Legacy goalkeeper made some excellent saves, particularly from Hayes, but there was just too much to deal with. Hayes began the second half scoring after a quality through ball by Schutze. The pass was so good Hayes only had to touch it once to crash it past the helpless keeper from 16 yards. Gray was reintroduced and he continued his excellent performance of the first half. He continually demanded the ball and dominated proceedings. He demonstrated his improved team play by dropping deep to receive and the turning to release Mohamed, whose excellent effort beat the keeper but went narrowly wide of the left post. Mohamed finally got his reward when Hudson Ryder laid off a first time pass for him to score by lobbing the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box. Minutes later, Luke McGee dribbled excellently down the left side and his pull back across the goal found Gray two yards out for a tap in finish. The Panthers were now running riot and Gray got his hat-trick with another excellent shot from outside the penalty area after a pass from McGee. Final score 6-0.
It is pleasing to see the attractive and effective style of soccer that the JV is playing. Ricky Gray is maturing into a very dangerous striker. It is to his credit that he has not let past misses get him down and the goals that we know are in him are finally starting to come. One down side is that the team is relying a little too much on Gray and Lamar Hayes for goals and it should be our aim to get more players on the score sheet.