Puerto Rico Islanders News Release - www.puertoricoislandersfc.com
Sunday, June 29, 2008
BAYAMON, PR -- The Islanders wanted a victory on Friday and they prevailed. Tonight they came out to secure another win on their home turf, and with a 3-1 result the Puerto Rico Islanders gave the 3,428 fans in the stadium the winning streak they were looking for.
A rather slow and uneventful start of the game, dotted with few shots to goal, finally revved up with excitement in minute 25 with consecutive corner shots for Puerto Rico that came close, but could not be converted.
Three minutes later the Islanders got to put the first point on the board. Cristian Arrieta found a wide open Jonathan Steele, who made a brilliant assist, allowing Josh Hansen to put the ball past Nicolas Platter for goal number one.
Puerto Rico’s new-found energy held back an equally eager Minnesota offense for the balance of the first period. But the score would stay 1-0 in favor of the locals when the halftime whistle blew.
Both teams emerged from the locker rooms ready to gear up the action. Two consecutive corner shots from Minnesota that could not be converted were followed in minute 54 by a sudden and unexpected blast by Kevin Taylor from over 35 yards away that took the Islanders by surprise. Gaudette, however, managed to stop the threat, catching the ball squarely in his chest.
Immediately afterwards the Islanders responded in kind. Jonathan Steele once more found an open Noah Delgado, who in turn assisted Sandy Gbandi for the goal, giving the locals the 2-0 advantage in minute 55.
Minnesota’s offense tried to close the gap, but to no avail. Puerto Rico was just too fired up. In minute 81, Steele came forward once more for his team, scoring a brilliant goal with the assistance of youthful Andres Cabrero.
The Islanders’ 3-0 lead was cut to 3-1 in minute 86 with a late goal by Federico Moojen, assisted by Jeremiah Bass.
Puerto Rico gets to add the 6 points to the big board it worked so hard to get this weekend.
The Islanders will be departing for Miami next week for a 4th of July game at Tropical Park Stadium; then go on to Montreal to face the Impact on the 6th, and will be away from home the rest of the month. They return to Puerto Rico on August 1st to host 2007 champs Seattle Sounders.