The first playoff game of the youth indoor soccer season was last Thursday night, with the winner of the game going on to the semifinal round.
The Long-Roadman family team, along with Emma Raulerson, fought the good fight against Team Cloud Pest Control on the indoor arena at The Center for the final playoff spot.
Team Solid Rock Construction had a strong defensive force well into the first six minutes of play with Stella Long and cousin Eli Roadman on the court.
Cyrus Ryan proved to be a force to be reckoned with on offense for Cloud Pest Control, scoring his first goal near the seventh minute of the game.
With the score 1-0, Long tried to tie up the game 12 minutes into the match-up only to have her shot go just to the right of the post.
Isabella Roadman took her own shot for Team Solid Rock Construction. Ryan made the block to prevent the score.
Isabella made another beautiful scoring attempt that went off the post, as players and spectators gasped in anticipation and disappointment.
Cyrus’ sister, Calla, scored the second goal for Cloud with less than four minutes in the first half, advancing the score to 2-0.
Three minutes into the second half of play, Braelyn Curtis took a hard shot that went off of the foot of a Solid Rock player for an own goal giving Team Cloud Pest Control a three-point lead.
The three-line penalty against Team Cloud Pest Control gave the soccer ball to Solid Rock, which showed great passing on the hard indoor pitch.
Ryan made a shot that went just wide in the 26th minute of play. Cloud’s free-kick a few minutes later was met by a wall of Solid Rock players to prevent their opponent’s fourth goal.
All alone right in front of the net was C. Ryan, who received a beautiful pass from his teammate, giving Cloud Pest Control a 4-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
Isaac Roadman played a fierce second half in front of the goal.
Another great stop by Isaac Roadman was followed by a fantastic goal by Cloud’s Brady Thompson to finish the scoring for his team with a total of five goals.
The Cloud Pest Control crew, including Josiah Hunsader, Riley Koehler and Owen Purcell solidly won their place in the next round of play.
All of the Solid Rock Construction cousins, including Carson Long, finished the season playing strong, learning new skills and having fun at The Center.