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.”