Trojans survive and advance
The playoffs have begun and all that matters is that you win and advance; how you do it is unimportant. This is a good thing for the Chase Trojans as they made their opening round game against West Stanley Colts a whole lot more difficult than it probably should have been as they clawed out a 2-1 victory on Wednesday at Chase High.
“We wanted to get to the second round and we are in the second round so we are happy,” Chase head coach Greg Deshommes said after the close call. “We could have done better. We kept this team in the game. I didn't like it.”
The Trojans (16-3-1) started out the game aggressive pushing the ball from the wings and finding open shots on the Franklin (8-9-1) goal. The pressure paid off early when Jose Vasquez fired a shot past the Franklin keeper at the 24:56 mark for a 1-0 lead.
The game looked like it would get out of hand for the visiting team quickly as the Trojans continued their offensive assault totaling 11 shot attempts in the first period. The Trojans were much quicker to the ball, filled every passing lane and played smothering defense, but their hard work and effort failed to produce any more points in the first half.
The missed chances were highlighted in the last minute of the first half as an offside penalty took away what should have been an easy goal by Preston Walker with 1:04 left in the period. Forty-six seconds later Nube Jimenez sent a shot off the crossbar from point blank range.
“We could have killed the game in the first 10 minutes and we didn't do that,” Deshommes said. “We are better than that; we don't miss that many opportunities. If we score those goals then the game is over.”
Instead of leading comfortably at halftime the Trojans found themselves tied 1-1 after Fernado Nieto tripped defending Franklin's Brady Ennis giving Ennis a clear path to the goal squeezing the ball past keeper Ansoni Jimenez at the 9:45 mark.
Early in the second half Franklin threaten to take its first lead of the game on a steal by Ennis but his shot sailed high giving the Trojans their first big break of the game.
A few minutes later the Trojans Jorge Mendoza found Nube Jimenz from the corner who headed the ball into the left corner of the net. The goal gave the Trojans all the points that they needed to move on to the second round of the playoffs.
“It doesn't matter how we did it. We just wanted that “W” and we got it.” said Deshommes “We had two major goals: Get above 500 and make it to the second round. Now, we're waiting for Shelby.”
The Trojans have faced the Golden Lions twice this season, winning both times, but Deshommes understands that the regular season means nothing at this point in the season.
“We beat them twice but it doesn't matter if we beat them before. They don't want to lose and we don't either.”
The Trojans face the Shelby Golden Lions for a third time Saturday at Chase.