In the last game of the first round of Moore League play Wilson dominated 76 minutes at Jordan yesterday, but the Panthers strung together three minutes of high pressure and found the equalizer in the 62nd minute to salvage the draw at home, 1-1.
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Wilson forward Danny Herrera opened the game on the front foot and his teammates fed him for the first ten minutes. Herrera got off two shots but was fouled hard three times as Jordan was whistled 11 times in the first half. The last foul on Herrera was a kick to the ribs in the 10th minute that sidelined him for the rest of the game.
Senior Max Hubert came in off the bench to fill in as the lone striker up top and was in the right place at the right time to poke home the opening goal in the 30th minute. Kobe Johnson started the play with a long throw into the 18-yard box where Yanni Dalkos got a touch with his head and it fell straight to Hubert. Wilson enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the first half while outshooting Jordan, 7-1.
The two teams battled at the midfield with physical play for the first 20 minutes of the second half until Jordan head coach David Moreno moved numbers forward at the hour mark. The move worked as seniors Luis Rosales and Gerardo Garcia had three quality scoring opportunities in a three minute span. The Panthers had four of their five shots on the game in that stretch.
In the 62nd minute, Jordan junior Alex Ortiz sent a high volley to the top of the box. Garcia chested it down and into the path of Rosales.
"I thought he was going to shoot it," said Rosales of Garcia. "But I saw the pass and had to react quickly."
Rosales took a composed extra touch to get around the charging Wilson goalkeeper, Eder Rafael, and easily sent home the equalizer. The Burins would respond with a few chances late, but Garcia and the Panther defense played well down the stretch. Jordan goalkeeper Roman Rodriguez had five saves.
"A lot of hustle," said Jordan head coach David Moreno as to why his team stayed in the game while being outshot 10-5. "Our defense bodied up and played tough."
"We don't quit, we stay motivated because of our coach," said Rosales.
"I'll lose my voice screaming every game if it gets the boys to play," said Moreno. "But we haven't won anything yet. In this league, two losses could end your season. We have to keep our feet on the ground."
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