September 11th, 2018

Colts fall to Raiders in district game

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Colts fall to Raiders in district game
photo by Conor Revell

The DeSales soccer team fell to visiting Iroquois 3-0 Tuesday night in a 22nd District game at Paul B. Cox Stadium.

“I’ve said it before but the landscape of our district and the Sixth Region is changing every year,” DeSales head coach Shilo Rayburn said. “They have some really good players on their team. They have good speed and good touch. They were fairly organized and capitalized whenever we made a mistake.”

Jamal AbdiHakeen scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Raiders (4-0) and Abdeeraheem Ali had the other goal.

Ali scored the game first goal when he headed in a pass from AbdiHakeen to put Iroquois up 1-0 with 11:35 to go in the half.

“Don’t stand and watch,” Rayburn said of his defense. “One of the things we talked about was quit making tackles - when you stick that leg out - you’re beat on the play. They pass you and you’re toast. These players are good 1 v. 1 attacker. Once they past you, you’re done. It’s not an ideal situation.”

AbdiHakeen recorded his first goal with 2:52 remaining in the opening half that took the wind out of the Colts (5-4-1 sail.

He scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway with 16:54 left in the contest.

Iroquois fired 10 shots at DeSales goalkeeper Jared Ecken (six saves) and earned two corners.

The Colts had few opportunities and blasted five shots Omega Kim (two saves) and earned only one corner.

“I wanted us to connect on more passes,” Rayburn said. “We kind of went back to playing the way we were in our couple of our losses - going away from what we do - we were going long - or we were going over the top. When you’re playing a team that is that quick it’s hard to go 1 v. 4 which we were doing a lot. Their midfield dominated us and that’s where the game was won.”



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