By Mike Bebernes
Marin Academy used a balanced offensive attack and stifling defense to rout Urban School 13-2 in both teams’ Bay Counties League opener Tuesday at Kezar Stadium.
Seven players scored for the Wildcats (2-0), led by Brett Suddendorf and Zach Zeff, who had three goals apiece. Zeff also led his team with three assists.
“The kids did a nice job of sharing the ball,” said Marin Head Coach Josh Frechette. “We don’t really have one go-to guy, which in a lot of ways works out because they don’t look at just one guy to do it for them.”
The Blues (1-2) struggled to score throughout the game and their only two scores came on back-to-back goals from midfielder Sam Cash halfway through the second quarter. Cash took his team’s offense with him to the bench in the second half, as he was removed from the game due to nausea.
“We just spotted them turnover after turnover. We just couldn’t possess the ball,” said Urban Head Coach Warren Pringle. “It’s impossible to score goals if you can’t possess the ball.”
Marin was efficient offensively, scoring 13 goals on just 22 shots. Urban, on the other hand, converted just 11 percent of their shooting attempts.
“I think that a lot of this had to do with us having the week off [for spring break],” Pringle said. “They just looked, well, like they had taken a week off.”
Urban goaltender David Leon kept his team in the game early with a series of impressive saves and the first quarter ended with Marin leading 1-0.
The Wildcats opened things up after that, scoring 11 goals over the next two quarters.
“The big thing that helped us was that we settled down,” said Frechette. “In the first half we were trying to rush our offense. We talked a lot at halftime about getting back to fundamentals, being smart, having some more patience. Our offense was the best defense.”