Dragons Unleash Fury Against Laguna, Defeat LA 5-3 in Home Opener
Huge Crowd Witnesses Big Dragons Win
The Burlingame Dragons could not wait to return to the “Dragons Lair” for their home opener as they used the energetic home crowd to boost them onto victory in their 5-3 defeat of the L.A. Laguna on Saturday afternoon.
The crowd of over 3,000 definitely got their money’s worth as they saw an entertaining first half featuring five goals scored combined. The Laguna got on the board first as defender Emmanuel Escobar scored on a beautiful free kick from just outside the box in the 18th minute.
The Dragons response was immediate as forward Jamael Cox scored within the next minute from close range after the Dragons caught the Laguna sleeping right after they scored. Cox’s 3rd PDL goal of the season knotted the score up at one and led to the Dragons playing their best soccer of the season to finish the first half.
Next up to score for the Dragons, was new signing Danny Musovski. The UNLV forward would find the back of the net in the 23rd minute, taking a pass from Kevin Partida and hammering it home to give the Dragons a 2-1 lead.
Cox would get his second of the day and fourth of the season, in the 39th minute as the Dragons forward would knock home a stunning free kick from about 25 yards out. Cox’s magnificent shot into the upper left corner of the net extended the Dragons lead to 3-1. The Laguna were shell-shocked after opening the game up so brightly.
Musovski would make it worse for L.A. as he scored his second of the day in first half injury time to give the Dragons a 4-1 lead going into the half. A nifty assist by Cox set up Musovski for the brace. The striker’s first half was impressive after arriving last evening and linking up with his team after school ended for him this week. He scored his two goals on four shots in the first half before being substituted at halftime.
The Laguna would come out of halftime reenergized and their efforts paid off in the 51st minute as Angel Mora scored off a nice pass from Miguel Galvan to cut the lead to 4-2. The Laguna continued to press hard and had a few chances in the next 15 minutes stopped by the Dragons goalkeeper Nico Corti, who had to remain sharp to keep the lead at two.
The Dragons would put the final nail in the coffin when substitute forward Khalid Arramdani scored his second of the season on a breakaway, poking the ball neatly past the onrushing keeper, to make it 5-2. The Dragons would concede a goal in second half injury time as defender Maxwel Talbert would score from close range, but it was too little, too late for the Laguna as they fell by the final score of 5-3
With the victory, the Dragons leap into second place in the PDL’sCentral Pacific Division pending other outcomes of today’s games and improve their record overall to 3-3-1. The next game for Burlingame is this Friday, June 10th at 7:00pm versus the rival San Francisco City Football Club. SFCFC makes their first venture down the Peninsula to play in the “Dragon’s Lair.” Tickets are available for this game for only $10 at www.burlingamedragons.com