By Michelle Tang
The Galileo boys soccer team suffered a blow to their playoff hopes, losing a tough game to the Marshall Phoenix, 5-2, on February 4th. As it stands, the Lions are currently in 5th place and need to move up to 4th in order to qualify for the playoffs. The Lions record, 3-4-2, gives them 11 points, 5 points behind the 4th place June Jordan Jaguars.
The Lions felt like they had a number of opportunities at the start of the game, missing at least one or two chances to score. On the other side, Marshall took advantage of their chances, as they scored first within the opening ten minutes.
While the Lions held the Phoenix to only 1 score the rest of the first half, right after the second half began, Marshall quickly jumped to a big lead, scoring 2 different times to make the deficit 3-0. Then after Marshall was awarded a penalty kick, the Lions were down 4-0.
The Lions would not go down quietly though as they would cut the lead in half, scoring twice in the 2nd half. Sophomore Jim F. scored the first goal for the LIons, with sophomore Steven scoring another goal right after. However it wasn’t enough as the Lions couldn’t score again, and the Marshall added another goal towards the end of the match, making the final score 5-2.
“Our team had missed too many chances to score and after half time we didn’t play hard enough. I want our team to play harder next time and give it all they got ’til the end.” said senior Jake H.
Galileo will play in another critical game on February 6th at Galileo, as the Lions take on the Lincoln Mustangs, who are currently in 3rd place.