Bulldogs Pull Ahead Late in Win

Dunbar defeated Henry Clay 2-1 in the first round of the 11th Regional Tournament

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  • #19 Pedro Jiminez receiving a pass.

  • #15 Junior Crescenio Torres dribbling away from the defender.

  • Dunbar players giving the Referees fist bumps after a good game.

  • #5 Senior Jackson Akins heading the ball down the field.

  • #11 Senior Sullivan Curd and #19 Junior Pedro Jiminez celebrating a goal.

  • #1 Senior Josh Szydlik kicking a goal kick.

  • #23 Nathan Williams punts the ball.

  • #23 Senior Nathan Williams races the ball toward the goal.

  • #3 Kobie Irish grabs onto an opposing player as they fall down.

  • #23 Nathan Willams using his chest to an advantage.

  • #3 Senior Kobie Irish using ball skills to avoid the defender.

  • #20 Isaac Delgado looking for a through pass.

  • #20 Sophomore Isaac Delgado saving the ball from going out of bounds.

  • #23 Nathan Willams trying to get the ball before a defender.

  • #5 Jackson Atkins dribbling the ball down field.

  • #19 Pedro Jiminez attempting to stop the ball from going out of bounds.

  • #12 Junior Andrew Pascal using ball skills to avoid a defender.

  • #11 Sullivan Curd Dribbling towards the goal.

  • #11 Sullivan Curd heading the ball away from a defender.

  • #15 Sophomore Crescenio Torres kicks the ball past a fallen player.

  • #19 Pedro Jiminez volleying the ball towards the goal.

  • #20 Sophomore Isaac Delgado tries to steal the ball from an opposing player.

  • #7 Eddy Andrade moves the ball down the field.

Dunbar headed into the 11th Region Tournament against a familiar foe, Henry Clay, whom they beat 1-0 in their regular season match-up on Aug. 29. Featuring two Top 10 teams in the state, it was a hard-fought game until the end.

The action picked up in the second half when Henry Clay took a free kick deep into Dunbar territory and barely missed wide left. But just a few minutes later, the Blue Devils scored off a corner kick in the 51′ minute to give them the 1-0 lead. With all the momentum in their favor, the Blue Devils advanced the ball into the Bulldogs’ side of the field when one of their players received his second yellow card of the night, ejecting him with 18 minutes left.

Because of this, Dunbar got the break they were looking for, taking advantage of the extra man they had due to the ejection. In the 69th minute, Pedro Jiminez (#19) received the ball and sent a long shot that barely got passed the goal keeper to tie the game up at 1:1.

From that moment, Dunbar played with more confidence. With two minutes to go, Dunbar kept attacking the Clay defense until they found an opening for Jiminez to score once again to give them the go ahead goal and essentially giving them the win.

The Bulldogs move onto the next round in the 11th Region Tournament and will play Madison Central, who they beat earlier in the season 4-1, on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 8:00 p.m.