Boys Soccer: Salpointe over Foothills, 3-0by Andy Morales on Dec. 03, 2012, under Sports
Garrett Baker found the net with 59 seconds left to give Catalina Foothills a 1-0 victory over Salpointe in the Brandon Bean championship one week ago but a week is a long time in the world of high-level soccer.
Since then, Foothills (5-1-2) tied Canyon del Oro 0-0 at home and Salpointe (9-1) went on to defeat Sahuaro and Sabino on the road by a combined score of 8-3.
“I felt we played well in that final (Brandon Bean) game,” explained Lancer coach Wolfgang Weber. “We created shots and came up unlucky on a few of our attempts and Catalina Foothills earned it at the end.”
The rematch featured Foothills fresh off of their tie against CDO last Thursday and a Salpointe team with an extra “bounce” in their step as Weber described it.
“Salpointe’s first goal was our only defensive lapse of the game,” explained Falcon coach Julie Walters. “ Galen Vincent made some incredible saves in the first half. We just failed to show up in the second half.”
It looked like Salpointe was getting to each sequence quicker and had numerous follow-up shots in the first half but Jack Ferguson provided some opportunities for Foothills to offset the Salpointe push but Andrew Bianchi put in a Luis Castro assist to give Salpointe a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.
Foothills actually recorded more shots in the half but that all changed in the decisive second period. Salpointe’s second goal in the 58th minute was indicative of how the game was going for Foothills.
Bianchi passed to TJ Hope who sent his shot off the left post and Gavino Carranza appeared to be the only one to react to the miss and he followed the shot to put Salpointe up 2-0.
Then, Castro found Arturo Vega in the 69th minute to put Salpointe up 3-0 to end all scoring.
“We were at times unlucky,” said Weber after the win. “I was most impressed by our defensive effort. I’m pleased by our progress because it’s always nice to beat a contender and a top-notch team like Catalina Foothills. They are a solid team and will be back.”
Salpointe has three matches at home before they enter play at the Chris Meyer Tournament at Sabino and Foothills has a rematch with CDO on Thursday. Salpointe and Foothills will play each other again on January 10 at Salpointe.
Look for Walters to have her team back for another close match.