It’s been a long time since the Islander boy’s soccer team lost a regular season game. Over a calendar year, in fact. Truly remarkable, no matter what way you slice it. And with two more matchups this past week versus both Mission Bay and Calexico High School, the Islanders looked to continue their winning ways and improve to 6-0 on the season.
First up for the boys in green and white would be the prior mention Pirates of Mission Bay High. Unlike most, if not all, of their games this season the start of Tuesday’s game did not go quite as planned. Just seven minutes into the match Mission Bay would capitalize on a Coronado turnover and drive one into the goal to make it a 1-0 game. But the early conceded goal only seemed to light a fire under the Islanders, something that is quickly becoming a character trait of this highly talented team. What is the best way to describe it? The Islanders just have that “dawg” in them.
When adversity strikes or they find themselves in a minor hole, they always immediately respond and get in their opponent’s face. And that’s just what Coronado did in the following minutes. In the 14th and 20th minutes, Nick Lorr and Aiden Trieshman would rifle in shots on goal. And while both were saved, it felt like that equalizer was coming. And on the 27th they would find it, tying things at 1-1. After a foul 20 yards from goal, Trieshman would send in a great cross that Dylan Groeneveld would head into the back of the net. That opening goal would start a fire for the Islander’s attack.
Just seven minutes later, Coronado would again send in a dangerous ball into the box off the foot of Groeneveld, where it would fall to Lorr, who would finish the job and give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.
But the Islanders were not entirely done as in the 42nd minute, after a great through ball by Ethan Messner, Lorr would beat his man, and the keeper, one on one to make it 3-1 heading into the half and giving this game a much different feel than where it started.
Another key on the night for the Islanders was the physicality they played with. The Islanders have never been a team to shy away from contact or a bit of “chippiness,” and that showed again versus Mission Bay as that play style seemed to get under their opponent’s skin.
Coming out of the second half, while the Coronado attack would keep the pressure on, the Islander’s backline would also come up big. Messner, Conner Eckenroth, Sam Cahill, and Sean Groeneveld would set the tone along the Islander’s back line and allow no opportunity for a comeback.
With the defense playing shut down, the Islander’s offense figured, why not add another goal? In the 54th minute Lorr would catch the keeper napping and lace another goal into the back of the net to make it a 4-1 lead. A lead that would prove insurmountable as the Islanders would ride the wave to take home a 4-2 victory on the night.
To make the week even a bit sweeter, the Islanders would also knock off Calexico by the score of 3-1 to help improve the record to 6-0, remaining undefeated in the early stages of the 2022-2023 season. The Islander boy’s soccer team will be back in action after the new year with a game on January 3 vs. Del Norte High School.
VOL. 112, NO. 51 - Dec. 21, 2022