Coronado Boys Soccer ...

Islander goalie Alexander Wastila in recent Islander’s soccer action.

The 2022-2023 Coronado High School’s boys soccer season has been perfect for the first month and a half of the season.

No seriously, coming into last week’s matches, the Islanders were a spotless 6-0 and dating back to last season, had not lost a regular-season game in over a calendar year.

However, all winning streaks do end, as in the Islander’s first match of the week they would fall somewhat shockingly to Del Norte High School by the score of 4-2.

It was a game in which the Islanders fell out of sorts early on, conceding three goals in the first half alone. Creating a hole they were simply unable to crawl out of. “Del Norte just capitalized on our mistakes. We beat ourselves in that match,” said Head Coach Jeff Roe.

However, despite the somewhat lopsided loss, Coach Roe was not at all concerned that this uncharacteristic play would linger. “We lost the ball in critical areas. I think it was just a lapse in attention to detail and getting lazy with the ball. To me, we really didn’t get beat in that game vs. Del Norte. We just beat ourselves. If we just avoid those mental mistakes, we more than likely win that game 2-1.”

And in fairness to Coach Roe, his analysis is correct. For much of the second half, the Islanders looked like the far better team, as they once again went to the high press and looked like the team that was 7-0 coming into the match.

While on defense, the back line of Ethan Messner, Conner Eckenroth, and Sean Groeneveld with goalie Alexander Wastila all battened down the hatches and allowed Del Norte to only score one more time the rest of the night. And while the loss still occurred, it built momentum heading into their next match vs. Patrick Henry.

Versus the Patriots, the Islanders returned back to form as they trounced Patrick Henry 4-1. “We went back to playing our game versus Patrick Henry,” said Roe. “We went back to our high press, scored a goal in the first three minutes of the match, and set the pace for how the night was going to go. It was the perfect response/bounce-back performance.”

The return to the high press was indeed a much-welcomed sight as Dylan Groeneveld, Nick Lorr, and Aiden Trieshman yet again put on a show as they have for most of the season. Constantly toying with defenders and getting the ball in dangerous spaces to attack.

“Their game was huge for us,” said Roe. “We got everyone on the roster important minutes, and everyone left an impact on the game. We went 22 deep on the night, it shows the sheer depth and talent this team has, which will be key for league play.”

With their record at 7-1, the Islanders will now enter the most pivotal part of their schedule; their City Western League Schedule will feature top San Diego County teams such as Saints, University City, Cathedral Catholic, and Point Loma High School.

And while the road to a league title will no doubt be taxing, Coach Roe has all the confidence in his team. “Going into league at 7-1 is a great spot to be; this team is extremely talented, and our expectations are still to go out there and win this league. I’ve watched tape [of] Saints and Point Loma, and they’re great teams, but they’re human. We just need to take advantage and play our game.”

The Islanders will be back in action with two games. The first versus Saints on January 10 and the next versus University City on January 12.

VOL. 113, NO. 2 - Jan. 11, 2023

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