Sports: Boys Soccer Triumphs over Westmoor

Photo Credit: Samantha Henze

Sophomore Mario Rodriguez dribbling down the field, hoping to finish a breakaway for the Bears.

After a devastating loss to rival, Sequoia, in their second league game of the season, the Bears bounced back Friday night and handily defeated the Westmoor Rams 3-1.

The Bears have been fierce rivals with the top competitor in their league, Sequoia, for many years. However, with a rough transition after losing 16 players from last season, the boys fell to Sequoia  2-0 in their second league game.

The Bears started off their third league game against Westmoor hoping to atone for the previous game.

“We recovered well from a very poor performance against Sequoia,” Coach Pickard remarked after they pulled off a two-goal victory on Friday.

The Bears pulled ahead in the middle of the first half after a goal from freshman Jorge Lopez off of senior Nicky Hug’s assist. Following the goal, they did not let down, but furthered their relentless defense and blocked two of Westmoor’s free kicks, 20 yards out and 13 yards out, respectively, to end the first half 1-0 in favor of the Bears.

At the beginning of the second half, both Westmoor and M-A earned free kicks, but both teams failed to convert these chances.

M-A was fouled again, this time inside the penalty box, earning them a penalty kick 10 minutes into the half. Lopez took the kick and scored, bringing the Bears ahead by two.

With 5 minutes left in the game, the Bears fouled Westmoor in the box, awarding the Rams a penalty kick, which they converted as well, leaving them with a one-goal deficit and a chance to comeback and tie the game.

The Bears clinched the win with a goal from junior Miguel Orellena with 3 minutes remaining in the game, and eventually the match finished 3-1.

“Overall, I thought it was a good performance by everyone, not only the starters, but even the people who don’t usually see as much time,” Coach Pickard reflected.

With a win under their belt, the Bears look forward to achieving similar outcomes in the rest of their league games.