SoCal Pros: Your San Pedran in Croatia Weekly Update

San Pedro native Peter Hazdovac, 22, who I first blogged about here is continuing to make his mark on the Croatian Regional Third Division.

Here’s the latest message I received from him today on Facebook:

We had a game today verses Zagora, a third division team who are actually in the final eight of the Croatian Cup (their next game is verses Dinamo Zagreb and in the last two rounds they knocked out division one team NK Osijek and division two first-place team Karlovac). They haven’t lost a home game in 23 games.

Anyway to the game: we go down 1-0 in the first half after they scored a header on a cross. They had us on the ropes in the first half. It was a six-hour bus ride for us and we really came out flat!

Second half the tide changed and we took control.

In the 90th minute we hit a long ball into the box, the other forward chests it downs but slips and from the ground pushes the ball to me and I rip it inside the near post from about eight yards.

We went nuts. My jersey was off in one second (I got a yellow card) and was mobbed by the entire coaching staff and team.

What a freakin’ feeling.

They took the kick off and the ref blew the whistle!

Quite the game.

Huge point for our team. We still remain tied for first place.

And unless I missed a game or a goal somewhere that’s six goals for Peter in nine games. And five goals in the last three.

Four more games until the winter break in Croatia.

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