Cambrian: Sports

Coast Union wins first-round playoff game

After the Bronco varsity soccer team won its opening playoff match 5-0 at home against Vistamar High School on Thursday, Feb. 16, Coach Moises Jimenez took his team to Santa Barbara to go head-to-head with top-seeded Cate School in Carpinteria on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in round two of the CIF Division 7 playoffs.

Condor League champion Cate shut out Coast Union 6-0 earlier this year. Cate defeated the Broncos again, this time 5-2.Victor Casas had a goal and an assist for the Broncos, Oscar Catalan added a goal, and Juan Leonardo had six saves.

In their first playoff game on Feb. 16, the Broncos got four goals and an assist from their top scorer, junior Casas. Three of Casas’ goals came in the first half of play. Andy Gordon scored the fifth goal for Coast Union. Goalkeeper Leonardo had five saves for the Broncos.

Emmany Godinez had two assists and Diego Pena and Oscar Catalan had one assist apiece. Catalan, a sophomore and the younger brother of three-sport standout Omar Catalan, who graduated last spring, spoke to The Cambrian about the season and the team.

As to the first game against Cate on Jan. 17, Catalan said the Coast Union defense wasn’t up to its usual stiff resistance. Does he get nervous before games? “No,” he quickly replied, “I don’t get nervous. I just play my game.”

Catalan really enjoys the coaching style of Jimenez, who “knows what we’re capable of and lets us play our game.” Jimenez has mentioned to the press that he enjoys practices because the players clearly enjoy one another’s company, and they are like a family.

“We grew up together,” Catalan explains. “The chemistry is very good. We started playing together before elementary school and we’re all really good friends.”

One thing Catalan would like to see changed in upcoming seasons at Coast Union soccer is more people coming out to the games. “It is a disappointment,” he said, considering that over the past two seasons his teams have gone 16-1-2 (2011) and 13-2-2 (2012).