James Ito sprints towards goal with teammate Dhruv Thulasidasan close behind. Courtesy photo
The boys U11 Los Alamos Football Club Krypton Lasers won their spring season opener against the AYSO United EM Elements 3-1. In the first half, the Lasers began with a sequence of crisp passes starting with Dhruv Thulasidasan across field to Liam Cunningham, over to Sammy Brown-Salazar, through to Taelin Stanfield, who then centered it to James Ito who scored a nice far-post goal.
Goalie Hayden Watkins made several key saves to keep the score 1-0 at halftime. The EM Elements tied the score in the second half to tie the game 1-1 and would have scored more without several outstanding one-on-one saves by goalie Brendan French.
Stanfield set up the second LAFC goal by stealing the ball from the opponent and passing to Ito, who then scored on a well-placed line-drive to the far post on a give-and-go with Linnhtet Htoon. Five minutes later, Brown provided an insurance goal off a long-range shot from 30 yards that hit the back of the net.