Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - July 2, 2010

Ballistic defeats Diablo FC at Boatwright Field

Crain free-kick helps extend unbeaten streak to 3

by Ed Lecco

Ballistic United Men's U20 Premier extended their unbeaten run to three games with a 1-0 victory over Diablo FC at Boatwright field Monday night.

Kyle Crain scored the game's only goal in the 36th minute following a Diablo fould on David Norton. Crain unleashed a perfectly hit strike from 24 yards that found the side netting on the back post prompting a robust celebration from the Ballistic players.

In the second half Diablo pushed hard and sent increasing numbers forward looking for the equalizer. The midfield trio of Tyler Copeman, Jeff Squire and Kyle Crain with some excellent minutes by Aaron Lek combined to make things difficult in the center of the pitch. Physical play dominated the entire match with things coming to a head in the 60th minute. A Diablo player was felled by a crunching high speed collision that left him down and needing attention for an extended amount of time. Ten minutes later Ballistic was down to 10 men following a red card for retalitation.

With Diablo pushing hard for a goal Ballistic remained organized and turned aside several frantic attacks. Pleasanton was able to launch several counter attacks with 10 David Norton narrowly missed two chances to ice the game.

The Ballistic back line has been outstanding the past two games recording two shutouts. Laser sharp focus and 100% commitment by backs Michael Janjigian, Adam Slouschter, Evan Sherwood, Aaron Gotthardt, Kevin Phillips and Min-Joon Oh led the defensive effort.

On Sunday afternoon Ballistic United defeated Fresno FC Malibu 7-0. Andrew "Boomer" Cruz scored a hat trick in the first half and finished the game with 5 goals scored.

Ballistic goes to 4 wins, 1 loss (tied for 1st place) while Diablo FC falls to 2 wins, 2 losses.

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