The San Quentin Soccer A-Team beat the visiting Outsiders 10-7 and you can blame it all on the goalie.
Sponsor Andrew Crawford, who played goalie for the Outsiders, arranged for a donation of cleats for the inside guys. Before the cleats, San Quentin was 0-5 (including three loses from last season). Since the cleats, SQ is 2-1.
“I think the cleats made a huge difference and we’ve been training together,” Crawford said in his British accent. “Everything clicked. This is a team to be taken serious. It’s going to be a tough rest of the year.”
Crawford also trained the SQ team for the May 25 game.
The match was competitive. In the first half, the Outsiders scored three goals, two off the feet of Dario Abramskiehn and one by Rohit Ramchandani.
But with the help of new arrival Eleazar Sanchez, who scored six goals total, the SQ A-team took a 6-3 lead by halftime. Sanchez scored three goals in the half, with two more by Carlos Ramirez and one by Tare “Cancun” Beltranchuc.
In the second half, the Outsides made a comeback, scoring two goals within the first five minutes of the period. Abramskiehn kicked in the first and Sam Heminger the second, which made the score 6-5 San Quentin.
The A-Team responded with a goal by Beltranchuc.
Then Sanchez poured on three more goals, including a header for the 10th A-Team goal.
Heminger scored two more goals in the period for a total of three, but the Outsider fall short of a comeback.
After the game, both teams circled around to talk.
“You win some, you lose some,” A-Team mid-fielder Juan “Carlos” Meza said while smiling. “I agonize over these games because (in the past) we lost so bad. I love this game. I thank you guys for coming and playing hard and not letting us win. You guys bring such a blessing.”
Outsider Ryan Lacey responded, “I like that you play hard but nothing dirty. You came out hard and kicked our butts. That sucks – I’m going to have to go running to train.”
Outsider Jordi Orti, who grew up in Barcelona playing soccer, added, “We are gonna train and come back.”