Cifuentes wills Dragons past feisty Knights

first_imgWith the regular season, a distant memory after a two week layoff the (4-3-1) Dragons and the (0-8) Knights set their sights on advancing as they met in the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Soccer Jr. Division “Championship Tournament.” Storming out to a 2-0 lead, the Dragons got a ton of firepower from Aaliyana Cifuentes who drilled in two goals both off assists by Dexter Hudspeth. Getting a break after a defensive miscue by the Dragons, the Knights’ Nathan Caballero cut the Dragon’s, lead to 2-1 on a penalty boot. Locked in a full blown brawl, the Dragons gained a little breathing room as Ryan Ginty assisted Aaliyana Cifuentes on her third scoring strike. Down 3-1, Khaled Rasslan stepped up for the Knights by bulling in his first goal of the season to once again narrow the Dragons’ lead to one goal at 3-2. Encouraged by their offensive success, the Knights’ defense dug in as Vedant Gopalan, Louai Asouti, and Alina Danelyants joined forces to corral the Dragons’ sharp shooters for over ten minutes. After pitching his tent at net for most of the bout, the Dragons’ leading scorer finally got on track as Edward Denne slipped in his 11th goal of the season making it 4-2, Dragons. Trying desperately to cool off the red hot Knights’ attack, the Dragons “D” perked up with Toni Rivada and Elizabeth Cueto making their presence known as the game clock ticked closer towards the final minutes. With one eye on the clock and the other focused on the Dragons’ net, the Knights struck paydirt again as Amir Asouti assisted Aviv Talmor on a net jarring dart to make it 4-3, Dragons. Pouring every ounce of energy into the final seconds, both squads went down swinging but as the buzzer sounded the Dragons advanced with a 4-3 victory in a real nail biter.last_img

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