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Islander center-back Conner Eckenroth controls the ball during recent CHS home action. The Islanders played strong defense on the week, only allowing one goal over the course of two games.

There is an old saying in the sports world; it’s easier to hunt than to be the hunted. Well, for the Coronado High School boy’s soccer team, that saying means little to nothing. 

Despite every team giving them their best game-plan and every team knowing the talent they possess, Coronado continued their winning ways as they improved to 4-0 this season after wins vs. Montgomery High School and Granite Hills. 

For the Islander’s bout of the week, they made the short drive down Strand Way to battle Montgomery High School. 

However, as I’m sure any Islander on the pitch would tell you, their game vs. Montgomery did not quite go as planned, as they fell behind 1-0 less than six minutes into the match. It marked the second time this season that the Islanders had trailed. But that 1-0 hole would be erased as quickly as it was gained.

In the ninth minute, Aiden Trieshman would beat two defenders and the Montgomery goalie to knot things up at 1-1, and flip the momentum in favor of the Islanders. 

To Montgomery’s credit, their first half attack did pose several troubles for Coronado, but the play of Ethan Messner, Conner Eckenroth, and Sam Cahill would soon settle things down along the Islander’s backline and keep things at 1-1. 

Coronado’s attack would have several opportunities the rest of the first half with shots on goal from Nick Lorr and Dylan Groeneveld, but nothing that would find the back of the net—keeping things level at 1-1 heading into the half. 

While the late first-half opportunities would not produce a goal, the Islander’s early second-half attacks would. In the 58th minute, Groeneveld would tally the Islander’s second goal, after a ball would get away from the Montgomery keeper, pushing the Islanders ahead 2-1.

While the scoresheet would keep at 2-1, the Islanders did a fantastic job of controlling possession and continuing to attack. As a result, the Islanders would sail the rest of the way for the 2-1 win.

Coronado’s second match of the week vs. Granite Hills was yet another game where the scoresheet does not do justice to how well the Islanders played. While on the back end, the Islander’s defense was so suffocating that Granite Hills mustered 0 shots on goal. 

For example, the Islanders would be scoreless in the first half, and yet they would tally eight shots on goal in the first, including three shots off the top post by Lorr, Groeneveld, and Trieshman respectively. 

However, in the second half, those opportunities would turn into goals as in the 62nd minute, Trieshman would tally a plan, and not to be out done, Groeneveld would also dagger one in to make it a 2-0 Islander lead that they would ride to the end.

The Islander boy’s soccer team improved to 4-0 on the season with the two wins. They will be back on the pitch this week with games vs. Mission Bay High School and Calexico High School.

VOL. 112, NO. 50 - Dec. 14, 2022

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