It may not look like it, but the above photo is of one of the most exciting moments in recent Globadores history. Sean Malvey fires home to give MIIS FC the lead in the 87th minute on his debut.
Sunday, Sept. 11, The Globadores stepped onto the pitch at the Breaker Stadium knowing that any points won on the day would not come cheap. Monterey Ducks are one of the perennial title contenders in the league and many of their players have been playing together for years. The Globadores had only had two weeks of practice together, and had no fewer than 4 debutantes in the starting line-up. The Globadores could hardly have asked for a tougher test on the first day of the season.
The Globadores got off to a shaky start as the Ducks scored an early goal. MIIS began to fight back. First with a great goal that began with an excellent run by Geoff Quiros. Geoff controlled a through-ball pass after turning the defender and tested the keeper with a snap shot. Manuel Martinez pounced on the rebound and buried the ball in the back of the net to score the Globadores first goal of the season and his first for MIIS FC.
As the First half wore on, the game became more open. Jason Hernandez managed to break free of the defense and score to put the Globadores ahead. The Ducks then scored twice late in the first half. Using the half-time break to regroup and refocus, the Globadores came out swinging in the second half. However, a stingy Ducks defense kept the Globadores out of their goal. Frustrated the Globadores pushed on the attack. Right on time, Jason Hernandez was played in behind the defense and after bugling the ball past the Duck’s keeper, tapped in the finish to draw the Globadores level.
As both teams pushed for a late winner, the game opened up and the Globadores looked to spring their wingers Sean Malvey, Lars Loktu, and Juan Vasquez down the flanks. After a frustratingly exciting, but fruitless period of play, the game looked certain to end in a draw as time was running out. However, Sean Malvey had other ideas. Capping off a fine performance full of running and industry, Sean took on his defender out on the right wing and beat him down the flank, cutting back near the top of the box, Sean fired a wicked low shot at goal, beating the keeper at the near post and securing all 3 points for MIIS FC with only 3 minutes left on the clock.
The whistle blew to call and end to the match. MIIS FC won 4-3. For the new members of the Globadores, it was a hard fought victory in which they had to come from behind twice. However, the MIIS veterans know that the debutantes are only now beginning to understand how much a win against the Ducks means to the Globadores.
Goals were scored by Manuel Martinez, Jason Hernandez (2) and Sean Malvey, assists by Martiño Prada (2), Geoff Quiros and Rob Olney.