By Ernest Stone
As the chilling fog and heavy wind settled over Kezar stadium, Mission and O’Connell boys soccer renewed their classic rivalry.
Unfortunately for O’Connell, the only thing brisker than the weather was Mission’s offensive attack, as the Bears captured a 4-0 victory in the 2009 Academic Athletic Association championship rematch and 2010 AAA opener.
O’Connell (0-2-0, 0-1-0) didn’t help itself, as academics causing some starters to sit out the game, and Mission (2-3-2, 1-0-0) wasted no time in exploiting the team’s shortcomings, controlling the ball for the majority of the match.
Yet, the Bears’ tactics didn’t immediately yield results and the team, which has had trouble converting opportunities early on this season, looked to do much of the same in the first half.
It wasn’t until seconds before the first half was over that senior midfielder Diego Tamayo found the back of the net to put Mission up 1-0.
“We don’t change our offense,” said Mission head coach Scott Kennedy. “We just keep at it, and I knew it was a matter of time before our play payed off.”
Kennedy proved to be right, as senior midfielder Oscar Alberto Ramirez rebounded a Tamayo shot to put the Bears up 2-0.
The 50th minute goal all but demolished O’Connell’s spirit, as Mission managed to look even more impressive in the second half.
Try 18 shots with 12 on goal, as opposed to just four shots with one shot on goal for O’Connell.
Most noticeable was the play of Tamayo. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Tamayo stood out both physically and skillfully, orchestrating the Bears’ attack and completing his symphony with yet another goal in the 65th minute.
“It’s a game of pride, and we come out and run until the last minute,” Tamayo said.
Add another goal from Mario Ruiz Reyes in the waning stages of the game, and Mission successfully retook the Yao Cup from the Boilermakers.
“They played a great game,” said O’Connell head coach Bob Gamino. “One never likes losing, but its always great to come out here and get these two teams to play.”
“It’s a game of pride, and we come out and run until the last minute.”
O’Connell, having played only two games this year, goes into the season with a mixture of both questions and promise.
At the other end of the spectrum is Mission, which has seven games under its belt heading into its next contest at Lowell. At this point, the Bears should have a good grasp of what type of team they are capable of being.
Yet, according to Kennedy, “If we don’t get better every week, then we are not doing enough.”
M — 39th minute: Diego Tamayo
M — 51st minute: Oscar Alberto Ramirez
M — 65th minute: Tamayo
M — 78th minute: Mario Ruiz Reyes