Cambrian: Sports

Coast Union soccer teams both off to a strong start

The Coast Union varsity girls soccer team is off to a good start in this very early portion of the season. On Monday, Nov. 23, the soccer team played a scrimmage against Santa Maria at Coast Union, and while no goals were recorded (goals aren’t counted in scrimmages), new head coach Jack Mettier said he saw some “very positive things with my team.”

He mentioned that goalkeeper Cynthia Cadena “had a lot of good saves” in that scrimmage, and he praised his team for not overreacting to Santa Maria’s “extremely aggressive possessive” style of play. Saints players were very physical, pushing off, blocking and deliberately crowding the Coast players in an attempt to intimidate them.

Aspects of the game the team needs to focus on, Mettier explained, include keeping more control in the midfield and finishing a shot when approaching the net.

The team followed that scrimmage by defeating the Coast Union alumni 3-0 in a game Saturday, Nov. 28, that served as a fundraiser for the school’s soccer programs. In that game goalkeeper Cadena had “numerous saves” that were easily controlled, but Mettier also reported that Cadena had “six great saves” that helped the varsity defeat a “spirited and talented alumni team.”

“I was extremely pleased with the girls’ performance,” Mettier said.

Varsity members who scored Saturday against the alumni included Martha Gomez, Kaelani Ribiera (assist by Kat Sison), and Jasmine Torres (assist by Pauline Torres).

The girls soccer team nipped Templeton 3-2 in a home match Tuesday, Dec. 1. Martha Gomez scored all three goals — a hat trick — and Cynthia Cadena had 10 saves in goal. The next home match for Coast Union is Dec. 8 against Orcutt Academy, a 4 p.m. match.

Alumni games

The Coast Union soccer programs benefited substantially from the Nov. 28 alumni fundraiser. According to Mettier and boys coach Luis Plasencia, the event raised $2,750 as fans feasted on tacos and were entertained by soccer matches.

The varsity boys tied with the alumni team 1-1. Former Coast Union football and soccer standout Omar Catalan booted in a goal for the alumni, but three minutes later, Ricky Jose Abitia matched Catalan’s goal for the varsity, and that’s how the contest ended.

Varsity goalkeeper Roberto Quintero made seven saves, and Plasencia said the alumni put a lot of pressure on Quintero because a fresh new team would take the field every 15 minutes.

“That made it a little hard for my team, but we were able to keep up with them,” Plasencia said.

Interviewed Monday, Nov. 30, Plasencia said “it’s too early to tell” how good his team will be.

But, he added, “The team is working out really good right now, so we should be able to find out shortly.”

Commenting on Saturday’s 1-1 deadlock, Plasencia said, “It was very surprising that my team held on” against a talented group of former Coast Union players.

Because he has a number of experienced players from last season, the coach said “they already know what to do.”

On Nov. 24, the boys varsity scrimmaged against Mission Prep, and Plasencia said his team hit the net eight times compared with two for the Royals.

The boys chalked up a regular-season victory Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Templeton, defeating the Eagles 2-1, thanks to goals by Humberto Abitia and Juan Carlos Fernandez.

Both goals were scored in the first half. Roberto Quintero had four saves in goal. The junior varsity boys were shaded 1-0 by the Eagles.

Coast Union entertains Morro Bay at Coast Union at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

This report is special to The Cambrian.