Boys Soccer: Marin Academy jumps on Lick early in BCL West title game
By Ryan Kuhn
The Bay Counties League West boys soccer championship game got ugly, and it got ugly quickly.
Lick-Wilmerding High School could not recover from four Marin Academy goals in the first 12 minutes and went on to lose 8-0 on Friday at Kezar Stadium, to give the Wildcats their fourth consecutive league title.
While the Wildcats’ (15-3-2) attack flourished, the Tigers’ (11-5-3) offense struggled and only totaled two shots on target.
“We proved everybody wrong [by getting to the championship game],” said Lick head coach Gavin Birmingham. “Every single game was a battle and we beat every team at our level because we were more aggressive, but today we just couldn’t come together as a team.”
At halftime, Birmingham looked up at the scoreboard and saw a 6-0 deficit.
“The game was over at halftime and I was disappointed the way we played in the first half. I think the players were overcome by the occasion,” Birmingham said. “It’s hard to coach a game like this because [Marin Academy is] such a strong team, and when they are on their game, they are, without a doubt, the best team in the area.”
The Wildcats took immediate control of the ball and the game when sophomore forward Eloi Vasquez scored on a header in the fifth minute, off a pass from Matt Fields.
Just three minutes later, Vasquez doubled his team’s score with a goal from a shot just inside the penalty area.
The Wildcats’ attack would not let up, as senior Alex Reckas scored a pair of goals in a two-minute span to extend the lead to 4-0. He would complete the hat trick when he scored off his own rebound in the 38th minute.
In the second half, Lick did it’s best to limit the high-powered Marin Academy attack and held the Wildcats to two goals.
“Going [into this season], we lost a lot of seniors last year and regardless of the score, we played our hearts out,” said Lick forward Daniel Wong. “That’s all I can ask of my teammates.”