Miguel Sosa’s two second half goals lifted the Douglas Bulldogs to a 2-0 win over their border town rivals the Nogales Apaches Thursday at Armando de Lucas Stadium.
The match was extremely physical from the start and fans and coaches for both teams were complaining about the aggressive play on the field and the lack of calls their team was getting as a result.
Deadlocked at 0-0 at the half junior Miguel Sosa finally managed to locate the back of the net off an assist from Brian Archer with 18:28 left in the match giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
With 3.5 seconds left in regulation, Sosa was fouled hard enough inside the Nogales goalie box that he was awarded a one-on-one penalty kick, which he converted giving Douglas its 2-0 win.
The Bulldogs outshot Nogales 12-6. Goalie Jose Loreto had six saves.
After the match, Douglas’ soccer coach Alfonso Romero said, he was aware Nogales was having a really good season and what a win by his Bulldog team over them could do for Douglas in the long run.
“We knew it was going to be a tough, physical match,” he said. “In my mind I didn’t think we were ready yet to play 80 minutes. Tonight, the boys came out, determined to not lose to Nogales at home. This was a nice win not only for Douglas but also the Douglas Bulldogs.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 17 the Bulldogs were in Tucson where they shutout the Desert View Jaguars by the same score of 2-0.
Sosa had an unassisted goal in the 15th minute. Ten minutes later Adrian Arciniega scored off a Sosa assist giving Douglas a 2-0 edge.
Douglas had nine shots on goal this match while Desert View had five. Jose Loreto had four saves at goalie.
After the two shutouts this past week Coach Romero said this was a good way to go into the Christmas break.
“We now need to recover a couple of key players who have been hurt,” he said. “We’re going to a tournament in Chandler in January. We’ll probably move up a couple of players from the junior varsity and give them a look and get stronger.”
Douglas, 3-0, will play the Camelback Spartans at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 3 and then square off against the Gilbert Christian Knights at 4:30 that same afternoon.