By Josh Levine
With a goal in the 25th minute from junior captain Wyatt Kim, University High School’s boys soccer team held off a late second-half rally from Urban to win its Bay Counties League West opener 1-0 on Monday at the Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields.
The Red Devils (3-1-2, 1-0) controlled the tempo early, firing 12 shots on goal in the first half, but the Blues (4-1, 0-1) fought back with a furious rally in the second half, with many late chances going just over the net or missing wide of the post.
“A win is a win, and we got that win,” said University assistant coach Marc Kerrest, who was serving as head coach in the absence of Deejae Johnson. “We have to play [Marin Academy] on Wednesday and we have to be sharper in general. It was a team effort out there today and we win and lose as a team. No one stands out with us. We did succumb to some of the second half pressure, but we held it off.”
After an undefeated non-league schedule, the Blues opened up their 2012 league campaign in defeat, but there were some positives for Urban.
“We wanted to come out in the second half the way we did, especially since we talked about it at halftime,” said Urban head coach Anthony Reyes. “We were waking up from a sleeping first half and we had some fantastic plays from our goalkeeper Zach Thomson. It’s great to have him back there, especially late in the game.”
Thomson made four saves in the second half, three of which were from point-blank range. Thomson’s strong play in net let the Blues continue their late offensive attack.
The Blues also played without senior captain Gabriel Kaufman, who has been out with a hand injury all season. Kaufman is expected back in the starting lineup within the next two weeks, which will be a huge boost to the Blues’ front line.
“It’s a long season and the loss changes nothing for us,” Reyes said. “We’re going to learn from it and get better.”