Huge Crowd of 3,024 Witness Dragons Victory 4-0
Dragons Clinch Playoff Berth With Victory Against Mobsters on Sunday Afternoon
The Burlingame Dragons knew they needed three points out of their game on Sunday against the Las Vegas Mobsters to clinch a spot in the 2016 PDL Playoffs. They left no doubt that they were playoff worthy with a comprehensive and systematic breakdown of the Las Vegas Mobsters, defeating the visitors by the score of 4-0 in front of 3,024 fans at Dragons Stadium during the Dragons first ever Community Day sponsored by Gilead Sciences. Goals by four different Dragons players accentuated the team effort that all of the players put together to clinch a playoff position for the second year in a row.
The game started off quickly and the Dragons took advantage of some sloppy play in the 7th minute, when forward Jamael Cox took a deflected ball off of a defender and slammed it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. It was Cox’s fifth goal of the PDL season and sixth overall in his 2016 campaign.
Burlingame continued to apply pressure and was rewarded in the 32nd minute when a Corey Baird weaved his way past multiple defenders and launched a shot that deflected off of a Mobsters defender and past Mobsters goalkeeper Alex Clevis to give the Dragons a 2-0 advantage. The score at half would remain 2-0.
In the second half, it was more of the same attacking Dragons football. The home team continued to drive down the sidelines and look for opportunities to add to their lead. In the 72nd minute, Dragons forward Khalid Arramdani would get behind the defense and chip the ball over the onrushing goalie to make it 3-0. It was the forward’s4th of the season and second in the last two games.
Defender Luis Hernandez would add another goal in the 81st minute off of a Nick Lima cross and the damage was complete. The final score was indicative of the display of soccer and the Dragons earned this victory with a quality performance.
With this victory, the Dragons clinched a PDL Western Conference playoff berth. The game’s opponent, date and time are yet to be determined as the Dragons await other results from around the league over the next week.
The final Dragons game of the regular season is a road contest, next Friday, July 15th, at historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco against San Francisco City Football Club. Game time is 7pm.
For playoff information, please check the team’s website at www.burlingamedragons.com throughout the next week