The Trojans have had an up and down 2014 season. Prior to this week statistically the Trojans have had a losing season but this week STC was able to bring home two solid wins and are now split even with a season record of 5-5. They defeated long time rival Grinnell on Tuesday May 6 with a "no holds barred" approach to the game. In an exciting display of sportsmanship they shut out Independence on their home turf. The temp was 72 degrees with a 26 mph wind and partly cloudy sky.
STC saw some players we haven't seen yet this season. Starting for the Trojans were Luiz Perez - goalkeeper, Julio Cesar Martinez, Andreas Rodrigues, Santiago Villafana, Ruben Fuentes, Fernando Galvez, Jose Alcazar, Jose Chavarria, Adrian Castanon, Lansana Mohr and Jerry Lowe.
Also seeing playing time, as subs were Alex Martinez, Victor Chaves, and Juan Jesus Angel.
Lansana Mohr shoots for a goal against Independence on Tuesday May 6 at a home game. STC/EM won the game in a shut out 4-0.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
The Trojans set the tone right from the beginning of the game by controlling the midfield action. STC's first goal came from a foul against Mohr who had been stopped illegally about 30 yards from the right side of the Mustang goal. Alex Martinez served the free kick aiming for Adrian Castanon. Castanon just barely missed the goal but a charging Alcazar was able to hit the on-time right footer for an STC goal leaving the Trojans up 1-0. Castanon had another scoring opportunity for the Trojans right before the end of the first half but the shot was blocked by the Mustang keeper. The Trojans entered halftime up 1-0.
The start of the second half Independence gained slight offensive control but it did not last long. At the 24 minute marker Mohr showed impressive hustle as he sprinted towards the goal after a 40 yard parachute lob from Martinez at the left wing, flying over the heads of the Independence defense. Mohr was able to connect with a head-butt putting another point on the board for the Trojans, 2-0.
Ten minutes ticked by on the clock. The Trojans had a couple of opportunities that fell short. Then Martinez was able to add another point for the Trojans off what Coach Dmitriy Shklyarov referred to as the "hard work of Adrian Castanon." Castanon dragged the ball through the left wing defense and found Martinez on the 18-yard line. Martinez applied some pressure after an Independence central defender seemed to intercept the pass. A shot from 17 yards out, around the Mustang goalkeeper, and into the far corner of the net would increase the score to 3-0.
Castanon was able to show his trademark "victory" celebration giving praise where praise is due with the final goal of the night. Alcazar offered a long kick that bounced off the ground several times. It was picked up by a Mustang defender but Castanon forced a mistake and squeaked in a goal giving the Trojans a 4-0 shut out.
STC/EM head coach Dmitriy Shklyarov reflected on his team's performance saying, "Right from the beginning the Trojans showed that they did not intend to allow the visitors much freedom, dominating the middle field zone. Quite atypical for Iowa attacking 4-3-3 formation, that the visitors were implementing, helped them to create several semi-dangerous moments, that were handled by the Trojans defense easily, yet left Mustangs practically helpless against controlling style of the Trojans midfielders. Fernando Galvez (a long time Trojans starter), Julio Cesar Martinez and Jose Chavarria, all recently added to the active roster spent a couple of minutes adjusting to the level of play. And then South Tama started to press. Lansana Mohr, Jerry Lowe, Fernando Galvez and Adrian Castanon one after another aggressively attacked the Mustangs defensive line, while the rest of the midfielders fed them with breakaway passes. During the rest of the game Trojans forwards were caught in off-side positions more than five times, which definitely showed the aggressiveness, in nothing else. They also managed to run away several times wreaking havoc on the Independence defense formation."
On Thursday May 8 STC/EM almost did it again with a near shut out against Oskaloosa. The temperature was a humid 75 degrees with a wind out of the south.
The Trojans started the half by defending the north goal. Lansana Mohr from East Marshall has been an integral part of the Trojan team even though he does not always contribute with points. But on this particular night Mohr got his offense going by scoring three of the five Trojan goals. Mohr was somewhat like a freight train barreling down the field, which made for an exciting game to watch.
The Trojans really controlled the flow of the game especially in the first half and took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Mohr picked up his third goal just into the second half when Galvez cleared the ball from the defensive end sending it flying down the field. Mohr was able to connect and scored from about five yards out.
Oskaloosa eventually scored off of a second chance shot with just under four minutes left to play. The final goal of the game was scored by Alcazar that dribbled in from five yards out.