Varsity Boys Soccer
Santa Clara 2, Gunn 2
Date of competition: Friday, February 6, 2009
A down pour of rain wasn't the only obstacle the Gunn boys soccer team faced at Santa Clara this Friday. S.C. came out from the kick-off energized and on the attack. Gunn's defense was on its heels and gave up a goal at the 4th minute. Michael Starr from his sweeper position attempted to rally his defenders, and Gunn struggled to get its offense on track throughout the first half. The second half found Gunn again challenged by Santa Clara's forwards aggressive drives to the goal. At the 44th minute Estaban Sosa scored his and Santa Clara's second goal from the top of the box with a strike just under the cross bar. Down 2-0, Gunn's pace and energy started to change a few moments later when Paul Morimoto needed to leave the game after taking a hard ball to the head. At the 55th minute, Ryan Wood took a free kick from 45 yards right at the Keeper, who's bobble was all the opening Sean Parshad needed to put Gunn on the scoreboard. Both teams seemed to recognize the wet conditions made a small passing game difficult, so the pace became more about long kicks and runs. In the 60th minute another long, angled Ryan Wood free kick into the box, found Santa Clara unable to clear the box. This was Kevin Zhu's turn to seize the opportunity to drive a low shot into net tying the match. The rest of the way neither team was able to capitalize, leading to a 2 - 2 outcome. Gunn's tie puts them at 5-3-3 (9-6-5) in control for receiving one of the De Anza League's three automatic CCS bids. Gunn will conclude league play Wednesday, hosting Fremont for Senior Day at 5:30.
posted by Nancy Baer, parent on Feb 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm
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