The JV Boys Soccer team enjoyed a win against the 6A Cambridge High School on Wednesday, March 13. Here is a summary of all the soccer action, broken out by half.
First half summary (4-4-2 formation)
Goalkeeper: Evan Kane
Defenders: Miles Brajdic, Harry Wang, Lewis Diaz, Nick Figueredo
Midfielder: Preston Jeans, Mark Metz, Nicholas Arribasplata, Dylan Dennis
Forwards: Sebastian Santa Maria, Nick Bohn
Pinecrest started with the right spirit, sending the ball to the opponent’s side and keeping it there. On minute 5, after a poor clear from Cambridge, Nick Bohn got to the ball, and as he was tackled on the box, he toe-poked the ball past Cambridge’s keeper, making the score 1-0.
Pinecrest made a lot of good runs with Sebastian Santa Maria, but failing to convert on the final third. Towards the end of the half, Cambridge looked very dangerous, but every opportunity of goal was shut down by the Paladins defense and Evan Kane, who kept a clean sheet during the first half.
Second half (4-5-1 formation)
Goalkeeper: Grayson Thomason
Defenders: Elias Maalouf, Harry Wang, Preston Jeans, Nick Figueredo
Midfielders: Ernesto Solera, Kyle Adams (Tripp Hochman), Mark Metz, Lewis Diaz, Dylan Dennis
Forward: Nick Bohn
At the end of the first half, Cambridge was dominating the midfield and making dangerous runs in the Paladins’ back line. Pinecrest switched formation, allowing Mark Metz to sit in front of the defense, and also allowing PA’s outside mid to make more runs and get crosses into the box.
Pinecrest defended most of the half, with very little possession time. Goalkeeper Grayson Thomason kept Pinecrest in the game by making a pair of important saves. Two minutes before the end of the game, Nick Bohn received the ball in midfield, carried if forward, and hit a great strike for outside of the 18, beating Cambridge’s goal keeper. Cambridge scored their goal a minute later.
Pinecrest showed a lot of discipline in the back, which ultimately was the key to the 2-1 victory.
Nick Bohn (2 goals)
Miles Bradjic: many important tackles and covering Cambridge’s most skilled and fastest player on the edge (Miles would come out in the beginning of the second-half, after going through the concussion protocol)
Goalkeepers: Evan Kane and Grayson Thomason: multiple saves throughout the game
Mark Metz with his defensive effort in the midfield.