Dixon varsity soccer loses on Senior Night
On Tuesday, the Rams varsity soccer team hosted Capital Christian for their final game of the season. It was Senior night and Dixon hoped to end their season on a positive note. Unfortunately, they were once again stuck with a mediocre reffing staff and fell short 2-1 in a close thriller.
Dixon had high hopes of winning the game and came out strong. From beginning to end they kept possession and dominated the entire game. Star forward, Ulises Gonzalez, did not play because he became injured at the game in Lindhurst.
As soon as the whistle blew, both teams came out strong. Neither team let their guard down and went at each other with all they could. The Rams played their game of possession to perfection and Capital could not keep up. Dixon had their opponents chasing after every ball and it did not take much for them to fatigue them. The home team created a lot of goal-scoring opportunities but could not capitalize. Capital had a few chances of their own but Dixon’s goalkeeper, Jose Romero, had some great saves.
However, the visiting team caught a break toward the end of the half that would prove vital throughout the duration of the game. A Capital forward centered the ball and after a few deflections it got to one of his teammates and he put it in the back of the net. The stadium got extremely quiet and the morale went the visiting team’s way.
At the half Dixon was down by a score of 1-0, looking to come back strong in the second half.
From the second the whistle blew to start the second period of play, the Rams dominated completely. They kept their composure and played the best they have ever played. It was Senior Night and the seniors showed up. Honorio Cerros and Gabriel Angel held it down on the defensive end and Jose Soto and Alex Figueroa controlled the midfield.
Everything went Dixon’s way, except for the mediocre arbitrary staff. The refs kept making calls against Dixon and it threw them off a little bit but not enough to change the tempo of the game- not until the end.
The Rams moved the ball from side to side and created a lot of chances. Again, they could just not put any away. Then, everything changed, with about five minutes left in regulation. Dixon’s workhorse, Arturo Carrillo, made a great run down the left sideline and then centered the ball to captain and Senior, Jose Soto, who scored the goal to tie the game up. The crowd went wild and the team’s morale sky-rocketed.
It looked as if the game was going to end in a tie. That would prove not to be the case. With only a few minutes left in regulation, tensions rose between both teams and players began to confront each other. One confrontation in particular changed the game. A Dixon player and a Capital player began to argue so one of the Dixon player’s teammates went to separate them and the ref did nothing to stop them. With everyone’s attention on that, a Capital player played the ball to his teammate who was completely unmarked and went on to score the goal that would put them ahead and eventually win.
Dixon could not pull off the win at home, falling to third place in league. Fortunately, they still made playoffs and look to win another TOC section title. If they can pull it off, they will win their second title in a row and for the first time in Dixon’s history would win back-to-back titles. We wish them the best of luck.