El Mexico down Deportivo in La Liga soccer
Sibling rivalry was defined when the two Craig soccer teams in La Liga met Friday night.
The showdown between El Mexico and Deportivo kicked off at 6:20 p.m., but the anticipation of the game had been building since the beginning of the summer.
“There was a lot of talk between the teams,” El Mexico midfielder Marcos Quezada said. “We are the fiercest of rivalries.”
There are brothers, cousins and uncles divided on each team. The best example is El Mexico coach Isidro Quezada and his brother, Javier Quezada, who is the captain of Deportivo.
“In soccer, we are the worst enemies and we play like we don’t know each other,” Isidro said about his brother. “But when the game is over we are family again.”
At the family gatherings this next year, Isidro will have the bragging rights. His team came away with a 5-1 victory.
“We are the better team,” he said. “We have better ball control and we expect to win.”
La Liga is a Western Slope league that is made up of 20 teams. Most of the players are Hispanic. Until last year, there was only one team in Craig but increased interest gave birth to Deportivo.
“There are some guys who don’t like to play with other guys,” Marcos Quezada said. “Having two teams is a great idea because we are well divided and everybody gets to play.”
Playing time was a reason that Javier said he helped start Deportivo.
“There were too many guys for one team,” he said. “Now everybody can play.”
El Mexico is the better team on paper. After the win, the team is 7-2 in La Liga and Deportivo is 3-3-2.
“They have the younger players,” Javier said. “We played good but after about 20 minutes we run out of gas.”
El Mexico scored all five of its goals after the 20-minute mark in each half. Sebastian Badillo opened the scoring when he put a shot that had rebounded off of the Deportivo goalie back into the goal 22 minutes into the first half. Two minutes later Roberto Lopez scored from 10 yards out to put El Mexico up 2-0.
For most of the first half, El Mexico controlled the game taking 11 shots-on-goal and keeping Deportivo from making any serious threat on goalie Malcolm Hillewaert. Isidro Quezada Jr. put his team up 3-0 five minutes before halftime with a 35-yard bullet into the net.
Deportivo had its first threat of the game one minute into the second half with a shot that hit the right post. Seven minutes later a penalty was called in the box during a corner kick. Flavio Quezada scored easily on the penalty kick to bring Deportivo within two goals, 3-1.
Then the twenty-minute mark hit and Deportivo started to fade. The cards started to come out as a tired and frustrated Deportivo team started to reach and tackle hard.
“They were tired and frustrated and we took advantage,” Marcos said.
El Mexico out-shot their rivals 8-2 the final 20 minutes and Badillo added two more goals for a hat trick.
“Sebastian is our 90-minute guy,” Isidro Sr. said. “He doesn’t waste any balls and he’s always a threat.”
La Liga has one more week of regular season games and then the tournament will start Aug. 14. El Mexico will host in the first round of the tournament and Deportivo will be on the road.
Teams and times are still to be determined.
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