By COURTNEY WHYTE
The UHS boys varsity soccer team had an exciting week of games that resulted with two ties. The team played Beckman (BHS) on Tuesday, February 3, tying 2-2. The Trojans then tied 1-1 with Corona del Mar (CDM) on Thursday, February 5.
On Tuesday’s match against BHS, UHS dominated offensively. UHS fired shot after shot on the Beckman defense and goal-keeper. BHS’s goal keeper, Noah Texter, had a total of 11 saves throughout the whole match. BHS’s defense gave UHS a tough time, but UHS fought back just as forcefully.
In the first half, Beckman scored the first goal, but UHS fired back with a goal of its own from center mid Marcos Fernandez (Sr.) with an assist from forward Indiana Fuller (Sr.). The half ended with a score of 1-1.
In the second half, adrenaline ran high as both teams hoped to score a winning goal. Fuller pulled through with the help of his teammate, Justin Lin (Sr.) who gave him the assist. BHS then answered back with a goal of their own and the game ended with a final score of 2-2.
Thursday’s match against CDM was another frustrating game for UHS because the team was looking for a win, but ended with another tie. UHS scored the first goal of the match with a penalty kick taken by Fuller. CDM then fired back with a goal, tying the game at 1-1. Neither team could finish and put a goal away in the second half because of both teams’ aggressive defense. UHS defenders Aidan Galasetti (Sr.), Evan Mouchard (Fr.) and Adam McDermott (Sr.) gave CDM a hard time scoring and all played excellent in the back and connected passes.
Nathaniel Herrera (Sr.) said “CDM had a lot of height on their team so it was hard to win headers, but once we adjusted and learned to move the ball around we got a lot more opportunities. Our pressure helped us because they couldn’t function well under pressure”.
Fuller talked about his team’s performance this week with a positive attitude and said, “It’s frustrating for us because we know we can beat these teams. We just can’t afford the tiny slip ups that allow a goal because that’s what makes the difference between a tie and a win. I still think we have a good chance to make it to CIF and my team deserves it.”
The team is now 2-3-3 in league. The Trojans will next play against Northwood on Tuesday, January 10.