Atlas LC was able to avenge a week one loss as they took down Redwoods LC 18-15. It was a very strong first half that lifted Atlas ahead and they were able to hold on through a second half Redwoods comeback to secure the win.
The Atlas’ offensive firepower with Connor Buczek, Kieran McArdle, and others really led the way in addition to the great play from goalie Jack Concannon who really has stepped up over the past few weeks.
Atlas came out firing as they started the game on a 7-0 run which included two two-pointers. The Atlas were taking advantage of a lackluster defensive effort from Redwoods, pushing transition, and really getting anything they wanted. Redwoods finally stopped the bleeding and got the board with a power-play goal from We Berg with 4:53 left in the quarter.
Holding a 9-2 lead heading into the second, Atlas had all the momentum and the frustration of Redwoods was very clear. However, they were able to finally settle down and get into their sets, starting the second quarter with a two-goal run. Atlas soon took back over as they went on a four-goal run within a one minute period. During that run Connor Buczek and Eric Law each tallied hat tricks and Paul Rabil ripped one from two-point land.
Redwoods head coach Nat St. Laurnet took a much needed timeout late in the quarter and it seemed to help settled them down once again, especially their defense. Jules Heningburg and Kyle Harrison ended the first half with two straight goals to help cut the Atlas lead to 14-6 at the half.
The Redwoods continued their run into the second half, stretching their run to six goals. Jules Heningburg contributed three of those six as he caught fire early in the third and really led the Redwoods offense while disrupting the Atlas defense. Connor Buczek stopped the bleeding for Atlas midway through the third. That Buczek goal started a three-goal run for Atlas that helped them get their mojo back on both ends of the field.
Both team went back-and-forth to end the third, but Atlas was able to hold onto the lead 18-12. The fourth saw Redwoods really start to take over as they were able to get in sync on both ends and control the game as best they could. Ryder Garnsey scored two straight to end the game for Redwoods, but they couldn’t complete the comeback as Atlas took the game 18-15.