By Josh Levine
With three set-piece goals, University High School prevailed over Lick-Wilmerding 3-1 in Bay Counties League West play at Kezar Stadium on Friday night.
The Tigers controlled the game for most of the first half, but University managed take a 1-0 lead into halftime with a goal in the 40th minute by Schuyler Schwartz.
“[Lick-Wilmerding] put on most of the pressure during the first half,” said University Head Coach Deejae Johnson. “Our goal was probably the one moment of brilliance we had in that half.”
The Tigers took 14 shots in the game, 11 of which were on goal. Nine of their 14 shots came in the first half, but none resulted in a goal.
Sarah Thompson and Jamie Kerester scored the other two goals for the Red Devils, who controlled most of the possession in the second half.
“I told our team at halftime we were fortunate to be winning,” said Johnson. “The goal was great, but we were fortunate that they didn’t score.”
Sarah Roach scored the only goal for the Tigers, but it came too late.
“We will be working on set pieces for sure,” said Lick-Wilmerding Coach Matt Kurnick. “That’s definitely going to be happening because University and Marin Academy are strong on set pieces.”
Kate Gridley of the Red Devils received a yellow card for a slide tackle in the 75th minute, which was not something Johnson felt was warranted.
“I don’t want to say they were playing dirty,” said Johnson. “I thought they were a little late on some plays and that is what usually gets you yellow cards. We were late once and we got carded.”
University faces Marin Academy on Friday, in what is considered to be a battle of the top two teams in the BCL West. The last time these teams met, neither team scored.
“Going in to the playoffs, you hope that you have to go through either Lick or Marin,” said Johnson. “No team wants to go through both of them.”