Occasional showers swept over the stadium as Elizabeth lost a non-league soccer home game closer than the final 3-0 score indicates to a talented Alameda team on Aug. 22. The Pirates scored on a …
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Occasional showers swept over the stadium as Elizabeth lost a non-league soccer home game closer than the final 3-0 score indicates to a talented Alameda team on Aug. 22.
The Pirates scored on a penalty kick awarded for a Cardinal foul inside the goalie box just over four minutes into the game. A penalty kick puts a player on the team awarded the kick on a mark in front of the net in a one-on-one match-up with the goalie. The goalie faces the difficult challenge of protecting the entire net while the kicker can choose the spot for the kick. In the Aug. 22 game, the kick went to the lower left corner of the net just past the diving Elizabeth goalie.
The game was pretty even through the remainder of the first half and most of the second half. Alameda mounted repeated attacks that were turned aside. But they did manage to get two more goals before the end of the game.
The Cardinals mounted a number of attacks against the Pirates. Elizabeth had shots sail wide of the net and a number of the shots were either turned by Alameda defenders or gathered in by the Pirates goalie.
“We are a mix of veterans and newcomers this season,” Cardinals Coach Steve Salansky said. “We are a good team team. When they step out on field together with a goal in mind they can do anything and I believe they can play with any team in the state.”
He said the season is going fair but it could be better. He said the attack and midfield both are playing well but the strength of the team is defense.
“Our fullbacks do a good job in front of the goal and the other guys drop back to support them,” he said. “They turn aside many shots and it helps that they know Dylan Handlovich in the net, a guy I feel is one of the best goalies in the state.
Handlovich is tall and, against Alameda unofficially made 26 saves.
“One day I was playing forward and, I think you don't choose to play goalie, the goalie position picks you. I guess it picked me,” he said. “I have been a goalie for about five years and it is my position.”
He said it is a challenging position because you always have to have your head in the game no matter the score.
“If a goal gets into the net you have to keep your head in the game because your team is counting on you to protect the net,” he said. “There are three positions you have to cover the posts, the area up around the crossbar and behind you but you can only cover two at a time. But no matter where the shot is headed you to the goal you best to get to the ball and keep it out of the net.”
He said his height is a plus particularly for the shots aimed for the upper areas of the net.
The senior said he loves playing goalie and he loves playing soccer but he hasn't decided on plans after graduation. He is considering college, trade school or possibly entering the Air Force.
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