By Josh Levine
Despite graduating nine starting seniors in the spring, Drew School got its 2010 season going on the right foot with a 1-0 non-league victory over Fremont Christian in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday at Crocker Amazon Playground.
The Dragons (1-0) got the lone goal from junior Isaac Thrupp in the 70th minute.
“It seemed like there was a miscommunication between their goalie their best defender,” said Thrupp. “The goalie rolled the ball out but the defender wasn’t looking. I noticed that and kicked the ball over his head in the net.”
The Warriors (0-1) managed 10 shots on target in the game and were led offensively by sophomore Michael Carranza, who had multiple shots, but two were saved and three were wide of the net.
“We had our chances,” said Fremont Christian head coach Nick Liston. “Michael had his chances, but it wasn’t successful.”
The Dragons controlled most of the game, including most of the second half, where they had 11 shots, eight of which were on target.
In the 76th minute, Thrupp had a chance for a second goal, but when he kicked the ball he fell backwards and grasped his leg.
“For the first time all game I cramped up,” said Thrupp. “It’s nothing serious, I just haven’t been running lately because I’ve been sick. I’ll be back for our next game Friday [against Leadership of Richmond].”
Drew goaltender Spencer Donaldson had eight saves, including two critical shots late in the game to preserve the one-goal lead.
“I think we played really well today,” said Drew head coach Jeff Ramos. “A lot of this game was nerves. I saw that in the warm up.”
Ramos felt the win was a good stepping stone heading into the Bay Counties League West season.
“The game doesn’t count for league, but it was a good game for us,” Ramos said. “We need to work on our communication on the field, but other than that today was great. For us to be successful this year we need the younger guys to step up, and today we saw that.”