Coach happy, not satisfied, with unbeaten Bears’ play
Mission High School boys’ soccer coach Scott Kennedy is full of “buts.”
Sure, his team outshot Galileo 25-4 in a 3-1 home win Tuesday afternoon, improving to 5-0-1 in Academic Athletic Association play.
And, yeah, the Bears kept the ball in the Lions’ end for much of the game, using crossing passes to flip the field and showing a deft touch with their passing and dribbling.
But in the eyes of their coach, the Bears could have done even more.
“Honestly, the truth is, we won, OK, big deal,” Kennedy said. “We’re good and we moved the ball pretty well. But we could be a hell of a lot better.”
If that’s the case, the rest of the AAA could be in trouble. Galileo entered the game leading the league’s Y Division at 5-1, having already beat longtime AAA power Lowell 1-0.
But after frustrating the aggressive Mission attack in a scoreless first half, the Lions couldn’t contain the Bears after the intermission.
Jairo Majano scored the first goal for Mission, rifling a free kick from 20 yards out just inside the far post five minutes into the second half. Roberto Escobar then made it 2-0 in the 59th minute, scoring on an incredible individual effort. Escobar received a ball 12 yards away with his side to goal, volleyed the ball over the head of a defender, turned and volleyed his next touch into the net.
The move even earned a smile from his coach.
“That was sweet,” Kennedy said.
Galileo answered on a similarly spectacular goal from Fernando Andre, who chesteddown a pass and volleyed in a shot from 25 yards away in the 61st minute. But Mission put to bed any thoughts of a comeback in the 72nd minute, when Escobar scored again off a beautiful cross from Edgar Gomez-Carreto.
Midfielder Seph Kramer controlled the game for Mission, distributing the ball with precision. Gomez-Carreto and fellow winger Marvin Jimenez ran wild up and down both sidelines. Forward Sam Larsen hustled for every loose ball up front. And Bears defenders Mojano, Jose Saul Hernandez, Abdul Mansori and Oscar Mangandid stifled nearly every Galileo attack.
Bright spots for the young Lions included the play of Andre, Alvaro Calle and Carlos Santos.
Wallenberg 7, Balboa 1
Eric Zhang and Nick Keane each scored twice and Yosef Gebremeskel, Chibuzo Emeka and Abu Khadijeh each added goals for Bulldogs (3-3 AAA). Dario Zamudio got the goal for the Buccaneers (1-6).
Lowell 2, Washington 0
Mark Wooding and Yonatan Kogan each had goals for the Cardinals (5-1 AAA) in the win over the Eagles (2-4).
Marshall 6, Jordan 1
Hoang Nguyen scored four goals for the Phoenix (2-4), while Phay Aung and Jorge Santiavez each scored once. Edy Jeronimo had the goal for Jaguars (0-7).
O’Connell 4, Lincoln 0
Jesus Ochoa had two goals and Salome Guzman and David Nardaez each scored once to help the Boilermakers (5-0-1) remain unbeaten by beating the Mustangs (4-3).