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El Mexico win ends early as soccer team breaks up fight

David Pressgrove

In general, a soccer team’s goal is to protect the ball, its goal and one another. El Mexico found itself in an unusual situation Sunday when it had to protect somebody else.

“The refs gave a red card and the other team started fighting them,” El Mexico President Isidro Quezada said. “We had to run over and protect them.”

The attack on the referees occurred in the 75th minute of El Mexico’s game against Alcones of Avon. The game, which was played in Edwards, was stopped, and El Mexico was given a 3-2 win in the semifinals of La Liga’s postseason tournament.

“They were not good sports,” Quezada said. “It was a very physical, tough game up until that point.”

With the win, El Mexico avenged its 2-1 loss to Alcones three weeks ago.

“We played better,” Quezada said.

El Mexico opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Isidro Quezada Jr. scored with a penalty kick. The kick was awarded when Sebastian Badilla was fouled in the goalie box.

Two minutes later, Alcones tied it up and 13 minutes later, added a goal to go up, 2-1.

Jose Pepe Loya tied the game at the end of the second half, and it was 2-2 at halftime.

Twenty-seven minutes into the second half, Jose Quezada rifled a shot into Alcones’ net from 25 yards out. Three minutes later, El Mexico defender Schuyler Hammond was tackled hard by an Alcones player who was carded. That’s when the punches were thrown.

“It was just embarrassing on their part,” Quezada Sr. said. “They were playing cheap all game and then that happened.”

El Mexico moves on to play Chalchis from Avon in the championship. Chalchis handed El Mexico its worst loss of the season, 5-0, at the beginning of the season.

“We’re a different team now,” Quezada Sr. said. “It will be a different game.”

The championship game is Sunday in Edwards. The time is to be determined.

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