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Calderon, Dobie overcome thick fog to nip Pasadena 2-1 in 22-6A soccer action

February 28, 2019

The only thing thicker than the suspense was Wednesday night’s dense blanket of fog at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

But with the match deadlocked, the visibility hardly the best and only minutes remaining, first-place Dobie cut through the pea soup-like conditions for a huge goal.

Diego Calderon snapped the tie with a victory-clinching score and only 5:07 remaining on the clock as the Longhorns defeated rival Pasadena 2-1 in a District 22-6A match.

The contest was postponed a day due to Tuesday night’s thunderstorms in the Pasadena area.

Throughout the match, the unbeaten Longhorns had the better pressure, but after a scoreless first half, that pressure began to reap dividends.

Seven minutes into the second half, the Longhorns broke the scoreless tie, but 14 minutes later, the match was deadlocked again as Pasadena scored at the 19:20 mark.

It began as an Alan Betancourt free kick from the 12-yard line. With a five-player wall in front of him, Betancourt got the ball past the wall that Dobie’s goalie blocked only to have Castillo foot the deflection and pound the ball home for the score.

With 10 minutes to play, Betancourt came back with what appeared to be a go-ahead goal when he headed the ball into the net only to hear a whistle for offsides.

Five minutes later, Calderon came up with his clutch kick.

In all, Dobie finished with 15 shots on goal to seven for Pasadena. And typical for this rivalry, three yellow cards were issued, two of them to Pasadena’s Emmanuel Chavez and to Abraham Arrieta.

MATCH NOTES: The fog was so thick that fans sitting on the pressbox side of Veterans Memorial Stadium could barely make out the top of the seats on the stadium’s east side by the end of the game.

ravery@hcnonline.com