Offenses come up empty for University, Stuart Hall soccer teams 

click to enlarge University captain Kirk Horton, left, battles for control of the ball with Stuart Hall’s Tim Connolly. (Devin Chen/Special to The Examiner) - UNIVERSITY CAPTAIN KIRK HORTON, LEFT, BATTLES FOR CONTROL OF THE BALL WITH STUART HALL’S TIM CONNOLLY. (DEVIN CHEN/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER)
  • University captain Kirk Horton, left, battles for control of the ball with Stuart Hall’s Tim Connolly. (Devin Chen/Special to The Examiner)
  • University captain Kirk Horton, left, battles for control of the ball with Stuart Hall’s Tim Connolly. (Devin Chen/Special to The Examiner)

Eighty minutes was not enough for both the Stuart Hall and University High Schools boys’ soccer teams to find the back of the net, as the two battled to a 0-0 tie Thursday.

It was the first league match of the season for both teams.

Stuart Hall senior forward Tim Connolly said he thought his team played well.

“It showed that we have young players, but we can play,” Connolly said. “We are a really young team right now, so we are playing for that tie at least. We don’t want to lose our first games of the season.”

The game started with Stuart Hall (1-2-1) coming out aggressive in the first 10 minutes as freshman William Hackel had a clear shot on the University goalie, but he was turned back by the Red Devils’ defense.

Five minutes later, Stuart Hall forward Will Campbell missed another opportunity to score, sailing the ball out of bounds on a header from Grant Kawahatsu’s free kick.

University (3-1-1) also had chances to get on the board, but was plagued by a series of offsides penalties.

“We kept pushing from the beginning to the end, but we couldn’t make that adjustment,” University assistant coach Jovan Yamagishi said. “We had many offsides that were called, so we needed to be a little smarter, [and] that’s what we tried to tell our players.”

In the second half, the Red Devils saw more opportunities to score while also tightening up the defense, keeping the Knights to only three shots on goal.

But offsides and missed chances kept Stuart Hall in the game.

“We were pushing at the end, Connolly said. “We knew if we kept solid that we could keep it a tie.”

With a final surge in the 70th minute, the Red Devils had three open looks from sophomore forward Parker Walls, but missed passes and turnovers gave them their first tie of the season.

University senior captain Kirk Horton said the team just needs to move forward.

“With missed opportunities you just have to forget about it and move on to the next game,” he said. “We really have to step it up. Our aspirations we have are high. We have to beat better teams like this, especially since it is our first league game.”

University will play its next game Monday against Novato, while Stuart Hall travels to Athenian today.

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