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Coronado Boys Soccer Team Pushes Record To 5-1-2

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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:59 pm

The Boys Soccer Team, won twice to improve their record to 5-1-2. If the CIF San Diego Section Playoffs started this week, their first opponent from last week, Canyon Crest Academy, would likely be competing in the Open Division. The Islanders won that game at home 1-0.

Islander Head Coach Aaron Brooks described the action. “We scored a goal in the first half on a free kick by Corey Bible. That was a very good game because Canyon Crest was very aggressive and in good shape. It was very competitive, and we had to match their intensity. Our team did a very good job bending, but not breaking on defense. Also, we finished with 10 players on the field and I was proud of the Boys and their effort. To hold a one-goal second-half lead, against a good team, shows good progression and growth by our team. We started the game with Jack Irvine in goal and in the second half Enrique Leon was in goal. Jack made a couple of good plays on long crossing passes and Enrique made at least two saves in the second half which were very clutch.”

Friday evening the Islanders opened their Eastern League season with a road game at La Jolla and Coronado came away with a 5-0 win over the Vikings. Goals were scored by Fernando Jimenez with two tallies, and one goal each came from Esteban Toscano, Anthony Dick and Bible. Irvine and Leon again split time in goal to share the shutout.

Coach Brooks said, “In the first half we were getting used to a new opponent, a new field and a new team in the Eastern League. We moved the ball well, but we couldn’t connect in the final third of the field until late in the half. In the second half our players connected more, and we were on the same page. We’re starting to see development and being better at playing together. The contributions came from a variety of players and a bunch of them stepped up.”

Brooks took a minute to recognize his defensive backfield featuring Ryan Smith, Eli Hallal, Renee Rodriguez and Diego Mendoza for their fine play, as they were instrumental in the two shutouts last week. “I have to give our back line a lot of credit,” Brooks said. “It was good to see us take the next step and I hope that will carry over into this week.”

This week the Islanders will play their two toughest opponents in the Eastern League. Wednesday, they play at University City at 5:30 p.m. Friday they host San Diego High, also at 5:30 p.m.

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