IMPERIAL â€”Â Kicking off their fifth game of the season, the Imperial Tigers hosted the Borrego Springs Rams December 9, resulting in the Tigers’ 4-0 win and advancing Imperial’s record to 5-2.
At the start, the Tigers quickly took control of the ball, passing up the field, where Daniel Minjarez (#17) took possession and attemptedÂ a shot. Although barely missing, Minjarez’ play gaveÂ the crowd their first action of the match.
Within a couple of minutes, Imperial would push hard again as Jose Amarillas (#2) received a pass close to the penalty box and kicked it in, giving the Tigers a very quick lead.
Heading into the closing of the first half, Imperial kept the momentum going when Luis Gonzalez (#99) attempted a shot. It missed, hitting the side bar, but the ball was picked up by teammate Minjarez, who kicked and scored, pushingÂ the Tigers farther head with a 2-0 lead.
As Borrego Springs remained stalled on offense, Imperial regained possession early in the second half. Minjarez was again passed the ball during a strong drive and he shot for his second goal of the night, increasing Imperialâ€™s score 3-0.
Later in the second half, the pace of both teams slowed with neither being able to produce a scoring play. However, Imperial would eventually make their way to the opponentâ€™s side of the field for what proved to be one last successful run, cementing the victory for the evening as Amarillas was passed the ball and maneuvered past a defender to get within striking distance, closing the game 4-0.