Plantation Eagles U17 Boys Lose
Season Opener After Tough Week
An emotionally drained Plantation Eagles boys U17 team lost its 2004-05 season opener 5-1 Sunday to the archrival Miami Lakes Waves at Pine Island Park in Plantation.
Barry Thiel, father of co-captain and leading scorer Jonathan (J.T.) Thiel, unexpectedly passed away the weekend prior. This Eagles team is a tight bunch, many of the players and their parents having been together for eight seasons. Officials at Sundays match called for a moment of silence before kickoff, and the Plantation players wore armbands marked B.T.
Coach Roberto Mercados Eagles came out flying high, scoring in the third minute, but the goal was negated by offside. Plantation had two more excellent scoring opportunities in the 29th and 31st minutes, but the Miami Lakes goalkeeper made excellent saves. The Eagles worked hard to get the first five corner kicks of the match, but none of them produced a scoring chance.
The Wave would score first, in the 35th minute, and the half ended 1-0. Plantation came out strong again in the second half. In the first minute, the Eagles worked the ball to the doorstep of the goal, but the volley shot somehow cleared the crossbar.
Then Miami Lakes struck for two quick goals, in the 48th and 51st minutes. Still, Plantation didnt fold, especially forward J.T. Thiel.
Thiel scored for the Eagles in the 55th minute. He took down a 35-yard, crossing free kick from midfielder Ikar Ibanez and beat the keeper with a shot just inside the near post. But that would be it for Plantation. Miami Lakes scored its fourth and fifth goals in the 62nd and 84th minutes, making the final score 5-1.
The Wave got off 21 shots in the match, 12 of them on goal. The Eagles managed only 13 shots, nine of them on goal. Plantations defense did catch Miami Lakes offside 14 times, blunting even more scoring chances. Starting Plantation goalkeeper Taylor Lorenz saved four Miami Lakes goals. The Waves second and third goals were scored with backup keeper Chris Martinez in the game.
Other starters for the Eagles were Thiel and Brian Velasquez up top, Sayan Blake and Matt Mobley on the outside in the midfield, Ibanez and Davide Bombonato in central midfield, Luis Alva at stopper, Leo Caldeira at sweeper and co-captain Danny Ellis and Jeremy Weber at fullback. Starting sweeper Eric Gant was out sick. Sean Conlon, David Lee, Andres Osorio and Justin Wieland substituted in the midfield and Barry Quarrie came in on defense.
Plantations next match is away against the Parkland Predators at 5 p.m. Saturday.