Terriers give up early goals, fall to Alonso 4-2


After falling behind 2-0 early, the Terriers dropped their third straight in a 4-2 loss to Alonso Friday night.

Hillsborough, falling to 3-5 on the season, started slow, giving up goals in the first and sixth minute.

Head coach Steven Colborne thought the Terriers lacked concentration at the start of the game, noting that Alonso was faster and quicker to the ball in the opening minutes. “We’ve got to come out fired up and wanting to play,” Colborne said. “We can’t wait till we have two goals scored on us. We need more enthusiasm and energy.”

“It’s important in a game to start off strong but they started off stronger against us,” said sophomore Ismael Casas.

After Alonso’s second goal, however, Hillsborough seemed to wake up, correcting its earlier defensive lapses and not allowing another goal for 58 minutes.

The Ravens did finally score again with 16 minutes to go in the game, raising their lead to three, but Hillsborough responded quickly.

The Terriers mounted a late game comeback attempt, scoring twice within eight minutes. Junior Nikhil Saligame beat the keeper with a well placed strike to put the Terriers on the board with 11 minutes to play. Senior Nick Pham added another goal after a free kick to pull Hillsborough within one with four minutes left.

However Alonso held off a late flurry of offensive attacks by the Terriers–including two shots off the posts–to hold on to the lead. Finally Alonso ended Hillsborough’s hopes of a come-from-behind victory with a counterattack goal in the final minute, clinching its seventh win.

Alonso’s last, game-sealing goal was scored on backup goalkeeper Lior Gazar, who replaced starter Bryan Pagoada after an injury in the 64th minute. Four goals is the second most Hillsborough has allowed all year.

“We almost pulled it out at the end,” Saligame said on the late comeback. “But we shouldn’t have to be pulling it out at the end. We should be dominating from the get-go.”