The NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers defeated local team Blue Star Honduras 8-2 in a closed-door scrimmage at Lockhart Stadium on Wednesday evening. Blue Star are the reigning Copa Latina Champions, winning the local amateur tournament in 2012 and 2013.
The Strikers got on the board quickly when Darnell King found Martin Nuñez inside the box, and Martin buried it to give the Strikers a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the match. Just a few minutes later, Martin made a pass to Aly Hassan who hits the bottom left corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead.
In the 15th minute, after a slight scramble inside the box, Aly takes a shot that caroms off the keeper and Darnell finds the rebound to make the score 3-0. A few minutes later, Manny Gonzalez sees the keeper playing a little out of position and takes a shot that finds the back of the net from about 25 yards out.
The last score of the first half came at the 30th minute when Nuñez’ pass from midfield finds Darnell. The defender misplayed the ball, giving Darnell an opportunity to take the shot that beat Blue Star’s keeper. The half ended 5-0 in favor of the Strikers.
The Strikers started the second half with just three regulars and eight trialists. Yaikel Perez played up top, with Mark Anderson right behind him, and Stefan Antonijevic the lone Strikers regular in the back. The half didn’t start well for the Strikers trialists as the centerback fouled a Blue Star player inside the box. The trialist received a yellow card, and Blue Star scored the shot from the penalty spot.
The Strikers continued to pressure but failed to create many chances early on in the half. In the 67th minute, Anderson took a shot from about 25 yards out that rocketed past the keeper, making the score 6-1. Blue Star were able to score again in the half as a beautiful through-ball found the forward who was able to beat the keeper to make the score 6-2. At about the 85th minute, Anderson received a through ball from one of the trialists and was able to slide the ball past the keeper to make the score 7-2. The scoring ended just seconds before the final whistle as Yaikel Perez took a shot from inside the box that found the back of the net, making the final score 8-2.
The Strikers next play a friendly against the FAU Owls this Sunday, March 16th at FAU. Kickoff is at 4PM and admission is FREE.
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