Two Impact players shone this weekend - Jared Jamison who scored
ALL the Impact goals and Marcus Richerson who emerged as
an excellent goalkeeper.
Livermore Impact vs El Dorado
As soon as the whistle went to start the game, it was clear that
the Livermore Impact had more heart, enthusiasm and were
determined to give their all. Player skills have improved but
the effort they put into their play is MUCH improved.
This nailbitter went from one end to another in both halves, as
both team parried and thrust their defence and attack. A great
save from Andrew Dubatowka prevented El Dorado going ahead after
10 minutes and he just missed a good shot some minutes later when
El Dorado took the lead 1 - 0. Livermore outshot El Dorado in
this half but they were all off target.
The second half was exciting. Jerad Jamison levelled the playing
field from a direct free kick shortly into the second half. His
well hit shot, from outside the box, gave the keeper no chance.
A few minutes later, El Dorado gave up another free kick, and Jon
Mello found Jerad Jamison who put it away. Livermore held a 2 -
1 lead until they gave up up a penalty and El Dorado tied the
game for the final 2 - 2 result.
Result: Livermore Impact 2, El Dorado 2
Goals by: Jared Jamison
Livermore Impact vs Auburn
In past Impact games no player has really stood out from the rest
of the team. But in this game, two Livermore Impact players
dominated the team - Jerad Jamison on the offence and Marcus
Richerson as goalkeeper. Jerad was a real threat to the Auburn
team and was marked very closely. He was repeatedly fouled.
Auburn had over eight fouls to Livermores two!! He not only
withstood the physical punishment but paid Auburn back with a
successful penalty. Marcus Richerson emerged as an excellent
goalkeeper in this game. He was fearless, determined and became
the first Impact player this year to save a penalty - no mean
achievment. Its one thing for a penalty taker to miss the goal
but another for the keeper to actually save the shot!!!
Needless to say, the Impact lost 2 -1. Auburn's goals came from
a direct free kick - one of the couple Auburn had, and the second
from a penalty.
Result: Livermore Impact 1, Auburn 2
Livermore Impact vs Yuba City
The Impact took on division leader Yuba Sutter and played the
best game of their season. An early goal by Yuba had no effect
on the Impact - despite them knowing that they would not make
second place. They continued their assault and fell back to
defend, when needed. Several fine saves by Marcus Richerson in
the first half were praised by not only the Impact parents but by
Yuba's parents too - indeed an honor. Once again, the Impact had
many more fouls against them and took advantage when John Mello,
again teamed up with Jared Jamison to make it 1 - 1 at half time.
The second half was just as intense. Dustin Silva took over the
goal for the Impact and Marcus played well in defense. A high
shot over Dustin's head, he had no chance, too Yuba ahead but the
Impact continued to attack. The amalgam of the Impact attack
seemed to gel in this second half - perhaps a future formula for
Yuba's coach at the end of the game congratulated the team no
only for the toughest game they'd had, but also, on the
sportsmanship the Impact displayed. The Impact have come a long
way thanks to good coaching and MUCH renewed effort. If the
Impact can score from just a couple more of the free kicks they
receive, they'd be winning more games.
Result: Livermore Impact 1, Yuba City 2
Goals by: Jared Jamison
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