Delta Panther varsity soccer has improved its overall record to eight wins, two draws and a lone loss with a convincing defeat of the Telluride Miners on October 6. The non-conference game took place at Delta's home, Panther Stadium.
The game was played on a very slick, sloppy pitch. Rain was sparse during the game itself, but after being soaked for 24 hours prior, the conditions were very soggy indeed. The ball ran fast over the water and the players struggled for their footing on the wet grass.
The weather did not stop the Panthers from putting in a hard working performance against the Miners. Nathan Downey and Jose Pantoja bossed the midfield and showed real strength to shut down Telluride's efforts to control the center. Goalkeeper Felipe Bedoy had a fine showing with four stops, keeping his hands firmly on the greasy ball.
One of the most lauded feats in soccer is the hat-trick. Striker Martin Corral accomplished this feat in the first half alone. Corral put two shots smack onto the postage stamp in the upper 90 of the frame early on in the half. Telluride answered with a goal of its own when some slippery defending let one of the Miners through to score. Corral added his third late in the half with an outstanding solo effort when he managed to get one on one with the 'keeper. The advancing goalie rushed out toward Corral who briefly dribbled backwards before looping a deft chip up, over the flummoxed 'keeper and into the net to wrap up his first half hat-trick.
The second half was controlled much like the first. Delta scored two in the second 45. One each from Jarrett Hernandez and Fernando Poce. The Miners scored a single goal in the second, which came from a spot kick following a dubious penalty decision. Hernandez, Corral, Pantoja and Sergio Campos all chalked up valuable assists in the match.
Delta soccer next plays when it travels up to Vail Mountain on Tuesday, October 9. A win in Vail will boost the Panthers' league record to 3-1. Vail currently sits at 0-2 in league play, making a positive result for the Panthers all the more likely.