Cold off the bench with a hot foot

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Calgary Storm striker Sean Fraser should have been home in bed eating chicken-noodle soup and drinking plenty of fluids.

The Edmontonian, pressed into duty despite battling a cold and an ankle injury, scored the first goal in Calgary\'s 2-1 win over the El Paso Patriots yesterday at Foothills Athletic Park.

Fraser dominated on offence and showed speed throughout the match after entering the game in the 24th minute for Ian Dawes, who injured his left leg after a taking a pair of hard tackles. Fraser\'s quickness helped him score the game\'s opening goal at the 53-minute mark, his first strike as a member of the Storm.

\"It was great. I just went in there and Nick Zuniga played a brilliant ball through and I had to score on it,\" said Fraser, who later in the half moved in on a partial breakaway but had his shot blocked.

On the goal, Zuniga made a nifty pass through the middle from about 12 m out to the speeding Fraser, a former star with the University of Memphis. All Fraser had to do was shoot to the far side past Patriots netminder Omar Carrera.

Less than five minutes later, El Paso defender Guillermo McFarlane was called for a hand ball in the penalty box. Zuniga made good from the penalty spot with his his second goal of the season.

Zuniga\'s penalty shot proved to be the game winner. The Patriots\' Michael Griego scored off a free-kick pass from Pablo Cabrera from 18 m out, beating Calgary goalie David Wiebenga low to the far post.

Calgary\'s A-League Pacific Division record improves to 2-3, while the Patriots fall to 1-4-1.

Storm head coach Tommy Wheeldon, who was looking for his team to come out focused from the get-go, was impressed with the result.

\"I was delighted with the opening half and I thought we showed great character,\" he said. \"Sean came on and showed great pace and I think that changed the game a little bit for us. He was awesome and caused them all kinds of problems.\"

The Storm did have to hold on in the final 10 minutes after Zuniga was red-carded for kicking El Paso\'s Carlos Martinez.

And the Patriots nearly tied it in the dying seconds when midfielder Jose Abarca had a clear-cut break to the goal but sent a kick wide.


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