“It was a really emphatic goal, probably one of the best I have ever scored,” Ho said. “What happened was it was a corner kick. Clayton crossed it in. It was cleared out, but then sent back out to [Brad] Ohadi and he crossed it back in, hit off a Lynbrook defender and deflected right to me. With plenty of time, took a bounce and just watched it fly off my foot to the upper beam.”
The Matadors continued their dominance into the second half, rarely allowing the Vikings to go deep in their offensive zone and by retaining control of the ball most of the game. The team’s offense continued to play well as they were easily able to continue applying pressure on the Vikings defense.
The only goal in the second half was when junior Bobak Ohadi passed to Schwiebert on the right side of the field to shoot a half volley in the top left corner of the goal.
“This is the true definition of team work on this team,” said head coach Pooya Hajjarian. “You see everybody touching the ball. You see every player on the bench coming in and contributing.”
Nordby was able to make the saves when he needed to throughout the game to shut out the Vikings. Nguyen replaced Nordby late to finish off the game, but never faced a shot.
“We take it one game at a time,” Hajjarian said. “I told my boys when this week started, ‘The first two games we have to get two wins and they have to be commanding wins’. We have to send a message to the rest of the league that we are here and we are strong and that’s what we did.”
The Matadors next home game will be on Jan. 18 against Fremont at 3:30.
Correction at 11:09 PM on Jan. 8: The team that the Matadors would be playing in their next home game was misstated.