BY OLIVIA LEWIS
On Thursday, January 20th, the Cooper City Cowboys faced off against the Pompano Beach Golden Tornadoes. The boys played to their potential and won 2-1.
The boys started off strong by pressuring the Pompano players extremely hard, taking away all their shots on goal. The Cowboys moved the ball around the other team, but were unable score any goals. The Cowboys continued to defend well, and took away every opportunity the Tornadoes had. “We need to finish our chances,” senior Miguel Gonzalez said. “The team is touching the ball properly and we are looking good for our upcoming district semi-final.
The Cowboys moved the ball around the field and kept possession for the majority of the first half. Cooper City pressured high, forcing Pompano to give the ball away. The Cowboys made their way into the 18-yard box, and one of the players got fouled. Junior Mateo Upegui took the penalty kick and hit a hard shot to the bottom right corner of the net. The score was 1-0 at the end of the first half.
Pompano came out more determined in the second half to tie up the game. They pressured the Cowboys and forced them to make mistakes near the goal. The Cowboys tried their hardest to get the ball out and into Pompanos half of the field. The Cowboys fouled one of the Pompano player’s in the 18-yard, giving them a penalty kick. Pompano scored the penalty kick, making the score 1-1.
The Cowboys started to pick up the game and began taking more shots on goal. The Cowboys were stripped the other team of the ball and creating opportunities. The game was coming close to end when freshman Jacob Martin took a hard shot to the corner and made the score of the game 2-1. The Cowboys refused to let Pompano score another goal. “I think that we have been improving our game as a team and I believe we have found our rhythm,” senior Alonso Mendoza said. “We just need to translate it to district playoffs.”
Final Score: Cooper City 2, Pompano 1