C oast Union boy’s soccer coach Moises Jimenez didn’t know what to expect prior to this season. He knew he had a talented and enthusiastic albeit young team this year, so the Broncos’ 4-3 record going into the match against King City on Friday, Jan. 15, was a pleasant surprise.
Still, notwithstanding that early success, Jimenez wasn’t afraid to make changes for the King City match-up. He moved goalkeeper Juan Carlos Saavedra into the field and placed Uni Escalera back in goal. The changes worked out in the Broncos’ favor, as Coast Union improved to 5-3 by shutting King City down 3-0.
Moving Juan Carlos provided “another strong player” in the field who had “experience against tough competition,” Jimenez explained. In fact Juan Carlos, Omar Catalan, and Victor Casas all have club soccer experience, which helps a high school coach who is working with young and often inexperienced varsity players.
In fact, the three goals scored by Coast Union all came off the feet of players who have not played club soccer. Freshman forward Luis De Alba, sophomore midfielder Diego Pena, and junior forward Rogelio Garcia found the net for the Broncos.
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While Jimenez admits that moving the lineup around in the midst of a winning season was “a great risk,” he clearly isn’t afraid of risk-taking on the soccer field. “In the words of FCBarcelona manager Pep Guardiola, ‘There’s nothing riskier than to not risk at all,’” Jimenez asserts.
The Broncos boys and girls teams were scheduled to play Avenal on Tuesday, but due to the rain and wind those matches were postponed.
— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian