Only two goals were needed by Erick Ortuno-Perez and Michael O’Hanlon as the Lindbergh Eagles claimed their first Seamount League victory over the Renton Indians 2-0.
The Eagles (1-3-1 Overall, 1-1-0 Seamount) snapped a two-game losing streak after getting shut-out by Archbishop Murphy and Evergreen high schools. The Indians (0-2 Seamount), after losing to Foster, are still looking for their first win.
Lindbergh had possession most of the first half as their defense created many scoring opportunities. Ortuno-Perez earned the team’s first score in the first 13 minutes of the half as he had one player to beat.
O’Hanlon challenged the Indians with at least 3 scoring attempts before earning the Eagles’ second goal 18 minutes into the second half after receiving an assist from Ortuno-Perez.
“It really came down to them to finally realize how to play as a team,” said Lindbergh Head Coach Kirk Tavener.
The Eagles’ defense made it tough for Renton as the Indians’ offense could not get into a settled rhythm. Renton player Sadaq Mohamed shined as he was able to get the ball to the Lindbergh side of the field at least twice before losing the ball to Lindbergh.
In the second half Mohamed was able to sneak a steal in the Eagles’ corner end of the field at the 16 minute mark and tried to feed the ball inside the goal area, but Renton was unable to score. Indians’ player Vladimir Hernandez had an open look for a goal in the second half with 13 minutes remaining but was unable to convert.
“I think we are improving,” said Renton Head Coach Duane Nakamura. “We’re a young team and we’re improving each week.”
Renton will travel to Highline Stadium to take on the Highline Pirates at 7:30pm. Lindbergh will stay at Renton Memorial Stadium to face the Hazen Highlanders at 6pm. Both games are Thursday, March 24.