Buenavista ends Mutiny’s run
Arturo Grajeda scored two second-half goals – including the game-winner on a controversial penalty kick in the 70th minute – as Buenavista beat Tahoe Mutiny 2-1 in the Lake Tahoe Adult Soccer League fall season championship game on Monday at the Community Playfields.
Tahoe had won the previous four league titles, a run that looked like it would be extended in the first half. In the 28th minute, a harsh foul inside the box resulted in a penalty kick, which Oscar Gomez converted to put the Mutiny up 1-0.
Then in the opening minutes of the second half, midfielder Jeremy Evans nearly made it 2-0 with his shot from 30 yards out. Destined for the upper corner, it hit the post and bounced across the goal mouth before being cleared.
A few minutes later, Buenavista found the equalizer. A poor clearance led to a bouncing ball inside the Tahoe penalty box, and Grajeda ran onto it and flicked a shot into the goal.
With about 10 minutes left, Buenavista’s Luis Lopez was on the edge of the penalty box when disaster struck for Tahoe. After Lopez lost the ball, some physical play ensued and the referee called a foul on the Mutiny even though Lopez wasn’t threatening the goal and both players were jockeying for position.
Grajeda gladly took the gift and scored the game-winner. Then with just a few minutes remaining, Tahoe’s Ernesto Mosqueda nearly scored his own equalizer but his shot from a few yards out met the keeper’s chest.
Since Tahoe won the summer league, the same two teams will meet on Wednesday in the “Champions of Champions” match at the Community Playfields. In the third-place match on Monday, Alianza defeated San Antonio 3-1.