Before all of the players’ parents settled into the bleachers, the San Luis Obispo boys soccer team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead Friday night and coasted the rest of the way to a 5-0 win.
The offensive pressure for the Tigers was immediate and relentless.
Two early corner kicks by San Luis Obispo resulted in goals, with the first coming on a Mission Prep own goal and the second on a Brian Finger header. Branden Dolezal netted the third Tiger goal on a penalty kick with 26 minutes left to play in the first half.
“This is probably the first league game that we have come out with the confidence we needed,” said Finger, a senior striker and the team captain. “We need to keep going with that.”
Finger said the team practiced on finishing chances all week and it paid off.
Things were rolling so well for the Tigers that a Cole Halfman cross intended for a teammate ended up in the back of the net to make it 4-0. A Grayson Stewart penatly kick was the game’s final score.
“We had an early lead tonight which is a luxury that we haven’t had a lot this year,” San Luis Obispo coach James Boscaro said. “In our games, we have always been chasing the game, it’s been tied or we have been down and we have had to work...so that early goal allowed us to play our style.”
The win gave San Luis Obispo (11-3-2, 5-1-1 PAC 8) its fourth win in a row. It’s only loss in league was a 3-0 loss to PAC 8-leading Pioneer Valley.
Mission Prep had a few chances on set pieces, but never got off a shot to test the Tigers’ keeper. The loss pushed Mission Prep’s (3-12, 0-6 PAC 8) losing streak to seven games.
Mission Prep coach Julian Alvarez’s attributes much of the team’s early season struggles to inexperience. The team has just five seniors on its 26-man roster.
Mission Prep will try to get its first win of league season against Atascadero on Monday and San Luis Obispo plays Paso Robles on Wednesday.
“It’s a good way to end the first half of our league season,” Boscaro said. “It’s always good to get on a little winning streak so now we have something to work with heading into the second half.”