The Dixon Rams take down the Blazers with a 4-0 shutout
The Dixon Rams’ soccer got another successful win in league, beating the visiting Lindhurst Blazers 4-0, making them 3-1 in league. The Rams came out strong against the Blazers and didn’t slow down for the whole 80 minute game. The Rams played really well as a unit and are showing some huge improvements despite a mediocre non-league record. This game for the Rams will be a turn out to what they are capable of for the year and what kind of team they truly are.
The Rams really didn’t waste any time to jump on the Blazers as they scored in the first five minutes of the half with a Ulises Gonzales goal in which he slid in and took the shot, with the assist from Alex Figueroa, giving the Rams the early 1-0 lead. The Rams continued to dominate defensively as Jose Romero, from the edge of the goal box, made a sliding save, stopping a Lindhurst goal, keeping the Dixon lead at 1-0. Then at the 20 minute mark, a foul was called in the goalie box, and the Rams then had a penalty kick opportunity. The Rams called on Captain Alex Figueroa to take the penalty kick shot, and he scored giving the Rams the 2-0 lead. This goal led the Rams into halftime feeling good about their 13 shots on the goal in the first half and their two scores.
The Rams came into the second half ready to go as they made sure to maintain the strong 2-0 score. The Rams, however, had trouble getting solid shots as the heavy rain began to pour in the second half, and the Rams struggled to find the net despite 10 shots on the goal in the second half. However, the Rams didn’t go scoreless in the second half as Jose Soto sent in a strong pass to Adrian Rocha, who got the score and made it a 3-0 game at the 29 minute mark. However Adrian Rocha and the Rams weren’t done yet, as Rocha,off a rebound, scored his second goal of the game 3 minutes within each other, giving the Rams the 4-0 lead.
The Rams would end the game with a solid shutout and victory over the Lindhurst Blazers, giving them the necessary win to make them 3-1 in league. The Rams, beyond the obvious “W,” played really well together. Coach Jesus Mata said, “We are finally starting to really come together, and start to gel as a unit.” Coach Mata expressed that they want to continue to look at what they can do on the field because success on the field can only lead to further progress.
When asked about the 3-1 record, Coach Mata said, “It’s a good record, but we really should be 4-0, and because of simple mistakes, we aren’t.” Coach Mata said that the non-league record is behind them, and they are only looking to the future like looking to repeat as GEL Champions, and even Section Champions.
The Rams will be taking on the undefeated Capital Christian Cougars this Thursday. Coach Mata feels they will be ready, despite the Cougars being undefeated on the season with 11 wins, no losses, and only 2 ties. The Rams know they will have a target on their back after beating the Cougars three times last year, and one was a comeback win for the section championship. The Rams know this will be a tight one, and they only hope to be able to step it up and take down the tough Capital Christian team.
The Rams will be taking on the undefeated Capital Christian Cougars on October 6, at6:30 p.m.