Cougars win two in SCL soccer

Ron Borges

The Weed High soccer team won both road SCL games last week, defeating the Burney Raiders, 6-0, and Etna Lion, 1-0. 

The Cougars finally had a break out game against, scoring four goals in the first fifteen minutes. After the next two goals, coach Mike Gilmore pulled back the reins and told his kids to try not to score anymore. 

“It was hard to tell the kids not to shoot but there have been too many times that I have been on the losing side of a game like this,” Gilmore said.

According to Gilmore, the Cougars played very well and pressured Burney right off the bat. Communication and the play of the forwards were key factors in the win.  

Salvador Avila had three and Jose Luquin, Omar Fernandez and Reuben Ducoing each added one.

At the 30 minute mark of the first half, Gilmore started to move his players into position they normally don’t play, both to get them experience and to try and cut down on the offense.

Nicolette Neel, Nick Gaustad and Lori Garcia were moved to forwards. Jose Luquin was the only player past midfield.

Omar Fernandez played goalkeeper in the second half, allowing Roberto Sanchez to play some midfield defense.

Even with players out of their usual positions, the defense of Weed played solid.  Burney only had four shots on goal, two on both Sanchez and Fernandez.

The Cougars had a tough time against a weakened Lions club. Etna had only 10 boys and girl player. By the new rules, they were forced to play one person down.

“Our play was sloppy but we will take the win,” Gilmore had to say after the game. “We may have been a bit over confident.”

The lack of players didn’t keep them from making it hard for Weed. Jose Luquin had the Cougars only goal, midway through the first half. He finished the game with three shots on the goal.

Weed had a frightening moment when Etna came close to tying the game. Sanchez found himself out of the box and the Lions took advantage. Ducoing flew out of nowhere to head the ball out of the goal.

The tie would hurt Weed’s chances to win league. With Weed in a fight for the top spot, a tie would cost them valuable points.

Besides Ducoing, Daniel Dalhquist and Neel had a strong game containing the Lion’s Forwards on defense. 

The Cougars travel to Trinity on Thursday to try to avenge a one point loss and knock them out of first place.