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Coronado Boys Soccer Team Tackles Tough Opposition In Early Going

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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019 4:29 pm

Typically at the outset of the season, we run a preview piece for each team and as a rule we usually start with the seniors on the team. For the 2019-20 Islander Boys Soccer Team that turned out to be a more challenging assignment than usual as 13 of the 23 squad members are seniors. To complete this line of thought, there are also six juniors, three sophomores and a freshman on the roster compiled by Head Coach Aaron Brooks.

The seniors include: Jack Irvine, Ramon Inchaurrandieta, Diego Mendoza, Rene Rodriguez, Anthony Dick, Fernando Jimenez, Ryan Smith, Corey Bible, Connor Irvine, Pablo Zaragoza, Santi Camus, Esteban Toscano and Bernardo Waisbrod. The Junior class is represented by Enrique Leon, Eli Hallal, Miguel De Pablo Galvez, Max Lopez, Nathan Sanchez, and Josh Littrell. Sophomores include Connor Buckley, Garrett Sauter and Jack Hunt. The Freshmen include just Owen Monahan.

It’s a good thing the Varsity has a depth of talent, as they have ridden into their first two games minus five of their starters, who are still in the process of completing their club season. The team opened their season Dec. 3 and went on the road to face La Costa Canyon, which began the season as the No. 3 ranked team in San Diego County. The Islanders played the Mavericks to a 1-1 tie. Brooks said of the contest, “We went up in the first 10 minutes of the game on a goal by Santi Camus. He scored and eventually La Costa Canyon scored the equalizer. We had a goal called back in the last minute due to a foul. They guys played hard, the way they grinded and battled. It was a good team effort.”

Friday Dec. 6 the Islanders returned to the road and played at Point Loma, another tough opponent. Brooks described the game and said, “We gave up a goal 20 minutes into the game on a set piece and we were down 1-0 at the half. In the second half we got a red card and they scored their second goal. We had to play the rest of the game with 10 players. The frustrating part is we didn’t agree with the call. The player who received the red card did everything right. The loss was an anomaly and we’ll move on. Point Loma is ranked No. 4 in San Diego. Renee Rodriquez had an amazing game at center-back and Diego Mendoza had a great game at right back. Jack Hunt and Max Lopez played well, and another midfielder Garrett Sauter also played well. Despite the loss, the effort was there. We get three of our starters back this week and the other two return the following week. We’ll be a different team than started the season.”

The Islanders will compete in the Eastern League this season along with San Diego, University City, Crawford and La Jolla. Coronado is in Division I, which gives them the opportunity to compete in the Open Division if they end the regular season ranked among the top eight teams in the CIF San Diego Section. This week their tough schedule continues as the Islanders travel to Eastlake Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. game. Coronado returns home to face Scripps Ranch Friday night at 5:15 p.m. Both teams are in Division I along with the Islanders.

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