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U11 soccer Krypton Lasers win doubleheader

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In Duke City Soccer League action at the NM State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers had a successful weekend, winning two games to even their record at 3-3.

In the first game against the Albuquerque Westside Bears, the Lasers went down early 1-0, but stormed back, winning 5-2. Tyron Pietryga started things off by assisting on a Dhruv Thulasidasan goal. Sammy Brown-Salazar then scored a goal off of a ricochet, followed by another goal from an assist by James Ito to go up 3-1 at halftime.

At the start of the 2nd half, the Bears scored to make it 3-2, but Taelin Stanfield dribbled through the Bears defense and put the ball past the keeper to make it 4-2. Off a corner kick from Thulasidasan, Brendan French curled a 30-yard high shot over the keeper’s outstretched arms to seal the victory. Hayden
Watkins had a strong first half in goal, while Liam Cunningham made some key diving saves in the second half.

In the second match, the Lasers fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Rio Rapids Sounders. The Lasers re-grouped in the 2nd half and converted a penalty kick by Brown-Salazar. Stanfield and Cam McDonald solidified the defense and Thulasidasan, in his first start in goal, held the Sounders scoreless in the second half.

With strong 2nd half midfield play by Cunningham, Watkins, Quinn Zobay and Pietryga, and relentless pressure up front by
Michael Witkowski, more scoring chances were created.

In time, Watkins served up a cross to Brown-Salazar, who snuck a shot into the lower corner just past the keeper to tie the score 2-2. With only minutes remaining, and both teams pressing for a goal, Asher Koh slipped a pass into the box, which Ito redirected past the keeper for the game winner.