Men's Soccer Costa Rica Diary Day 5
Lion players blog on their nine-day trip
March 13, 2009
On March 6, LMU men's soccer departed for a nine-day trip to Costa Rica. In addition to playing five matches against local teams, the squad will be visiting orphanages and taking in the sites. Throughout the trip, various players will check in with updates of what they have been up to.
Our Costa Rican adventure continued today as we traveled to Milenaria to play Cartagena, a prominent team from the Costa Rican Second Division. A scorching hot day (in the upper nineties) and a barren field made for harsh playing conditions. However, dealing with foreign referees was the main challenge of the game.
The game started out with some strange action as we gave up a goal early to a free kick. Freshman Phil Da Silva got us back in the game with a nice move and a composed finish. Freshman Logan McDaniel was sent off with a straight red card due to a scuffle with an opposing player. We Lions were surprised to see the red card come out of the referee's pocket. The rest of the game was spent dealing with strange actions and decisions by the referee. Roger Downes scored his first Lion goal off of a corner kick.
We were poised to finish off the game with a second win under our belt until Cartagena was given a mystery penalty kick. Jack McCormack had a brilliant save, but was not able to stop the second shot as the shooter followed his rebound.
The Lions attempted to capitalize on a few more chances but eventually the game ended in a draw. We look forward to the catamaran tour tomorrow, and a day to relax after all the hard work.
Tyler, Logan, Max