Doxa continued their winning ways witha fine win on an extremely bumpy grass surface Sunday morning. With only 11 players, the Doxa team knew they would have to control the game from the start and that’s exactly what happened. Nas Koubaras was on fine hitting form, and the midfield partnership of Matt Ogden and Pete Hazdovacwere in no giving mood. With Captain Derk Droze enjoying some vacation time (aka gambling in Vegas) Gerrard chose a fast forward line, with Kyle Holland and Bryan Byrne running off of Mario Guerrero flick-ons. But the first goal of the game came from some slick midfield work. Ricky Figueroa and Matt Ogden played a quick one two, allowing the later to get to the end line and slide a ball back across goal for Figueroa to knock home. Doxa started to find some more space and chances came thick and fast. The second goal came from a Hazdovac ball from midfield, that found Byrne in space at the top of the box. Byrne took a touch out wide, to create space, like any good striker would, and drilled the ball past a frozen keeper. In fact, the keeper didn’t even see the ball flash by him! A third goal came soon after, with Figueroa getting his second of the game. The left mid picked the ball up just inside the Santa Ana half, and dribbled to the top of the box, where he placed his shot in the bottom corner.
Doxa’s right side saw a lot of action in the first half. The Russian Rocket, Nazarov, was involved in several great attacking moves and put in some great crosses. Nate Reeves was also having an interesting first half. The Olef Melberg look-a-like took the opportunity to get forward on several occasions, and nearly got in on goal a few times. Just before half time, Doxa got number4 and again it was Byrne, who got his second of the game. Pete Hazdovac took a pretty brash tackle from behind at the top of the box, but he managed to release the ball to Byrne, who slipped it by the keeper. Gerrard has a big decision when Droze gets back next week!! Soon after, Byrne slotted the ball into a wide open Hazdovac on the left. Unfortunately, Hazdovac’s million dollar left foot was stuck in neutral, and the chance went a begging!
With the score 4-0 at half time, Doxa just had to keep focused for the second 45. The center back partnership of Dave Adams and Koubaras kept things tight at the back. Santa Ana did have a few opportunities to get something on goal. And the yellow jersey was nearly in the hands of goalkeeper Brian Burdue, when a 45 yard shot barely eluded the goal…what a lob it would have been! It took Doxa a while to get the 5th goal (including a Matt Upton miss from 5 yards, of course it was a bounce that allowed him to hit the CROSSBAR) but when it did come, it was a great move. Some fine work from the Russian Rocket found Mario Guerrero at the back post. Guerrero took the ball down on his chest and slotted the ball home. The 6th and final goal again came from work on the right side, and it was the hard working Nazarov who drilled a shot home from 20 yards. Matt Ogden got the assist on that one!
In the final moments of the match, the Santa Ana Winds were left wondering why they had not used their replacement keeper from the start of the game. Figueroa, on a hat-trick, placed a ball across the box to Byrne in the middle of the box. Byrne drilled a double shot, only to see the Jorge Campos look-a-like making what could be the save of the season! Enough said. Another successful Sunday outing for Doxa. Rumor has it the Yellow Jersey is going to one of the drunk no-shows….watch this space!
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