Ionia 2 – Eaton Rapids 2
Tonight we were looking to get back to winning ways with a trip to Eaton Rapids. We started the game all discombobulated. For fifteen minutes we were having trouble connecting on passes, defending their forwards, and possession the ball. This struggle was punctuated by a goal at 15:11 by Eaton Rapids.
That seemed to be the wakeup call we were waiting for because we began to build up play and possess the ball and make coordinated attacks. Just inside the eighteenth minute, Justin Sarka connected with Andrew Lopez who put the ball in the net. As the game wore on, Ionia kept the pressure on and a storm was brewing. When we took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Darius Taylor (assisted by Sarka), we were largely in control of the game but Eaton Rapids still had some dangerous forwards to contend with. At the 55 minute mark they took advantage of a miscue to level the game at 2-2.
Next, enter that ‘storm that was brewing’. Yep, due to lightning the game was put on hold and later the score declared final (with 25 minutes left on the clock) with a 2-2 score.
So, not the outcome we were looking for in the game. It’s a shame because for the most part I felt defensively the boys were adjusting to their forward attacks, especially in that second half. Our attack was just going to get stronger. But our focus now will be to take our bounce-back in form and seek a positive result against Charlotte at home on Thursday.
Stats at a Glance:
(Sr) Darius Taylor – 1
(Capt)(Jr) Andrew Lopez – 1
(Capt)(Sr)Justin Sarka – 2
(Sr)Skyler Metzger – 8