By Josh Levine
With two goals, each 28 minutes into the two respective halves, Lincoln High School’s boys soccer team defeated visiting Stuart Hall 2-0 to win its first non-league game of the season on Monday.
“It feels good to have our young guys against their young guys out there,” said Lincoln head coach Kenyatta Scott. “I think we had a lot of good communication out there, especially after our scrimmage earlier this week. We’re really building on that, and as you know, we graduated 13 seniors this past year.”
The Knights (0-2) played their second non-league game without a pair of their best players, forwards Sterling Kirk and Dominic Cheung. Kirk, a Division I prospect, has tendinitis in his ankles from playing soccer duuring the summer and Cheung is out with an undisclosed injury.
“With so many injuries and a lack of senior leadership, we really are an on-and-off team out there,” said Stuart Hall head coach Antonio Villegas. “We need to get a system for these kids and we haven’t established that yet. Our offensive tactics need to improve, but our defense is fine.”
Jeffrey Alfredo Fuentes put in the first goal when the ball was lost in a cluster of players just outside the penalty area. The ball ended up in front of Fuentes, who fired a shot with his right foot into the left corner of the net, just out of the reach of Stuart Hall goalkeeper Simon Goldsmith’s outstretched arms.
Lincoln’s second goal came from Jose Lito Tiznado Jr., who took a crossing pass, and headed the ball through the hands of Goldsmith and into the net.