The Miners of Sunrise High School came to play Monday afternoon as they overwhelmed the host Bulldogs 6-0 at the recreation center fields.
Aggressive play was the norm for the Miners as they controlled the ball with pinpoint passing throughout most of the first half. The Bulldog defense was called for two penalty shots within minutes of the game whistle. The first shot was blocked by the Bulldog line but the second went off the hands of a Bulldog defender into the net for the first goal of the afternoon.
‘Dawg goalkeeper Domingo Ramirez had three saves within the first 15 minutes before the onslaught began.
The Miners increased their lead to 3-0 on two breakaway scores as their strikers split the Bulldog defense with excellent passes. Bulldog brothers Moises and Gabby Medina gave the Bulldogs their first opportunity to score 19 minutes into the game but Moises goal shot went wide and Gabby’s penalty kick sliced wide to the left.
The Miners' goalkeeper made a huge save on a one on one penalty kick two minutes later. The Miners added another goal on a penalty kick at the 30 minute mark. The Miners scored their last goal of the first period with six minutes remaining.
Gabby Medina broke free in the last seconds of the period but was blocked again by the Miners goalkeeper.
The halftime score found the Miners up 6-0. The Bulldogs could not match up with the aggressive style of play by the Miners offense.
The second half of play found the Bulldogs and Miners playing defense for the rest of the game. The Miners added one more goal to make the outcome 6-0 for the visitors.
Ramirez had 9 saves for the Bulldogs. The aggressive Miners outshot the Bulldogs 26 to 10 as they kept the ‘Dawgs off balance for most of the game. “This was one game we had to win. I expected our boys to come out and play, well they didn’t. Our youth and inexperience showed,” said Bulldog coach Bob Snell.
The Bulldogs fell behind the Miners for the last spot in the playoffs. “We need a lot of help to make the playoffs now,” added Snell.