By Josh Levine
Lick-Wilmerding High School’s boys soccer team found out that one little bounce can be the difference between a win and a loss on Wednesday.
A late first-half goal by freshman Antonio Quadra, which came off a strange bounce after a cluster of players converged on the ball, lifted the Tigers in a 2-1 win over the Blues in Bay Counties League West play at City College of San Francisco.
The ball caromed to Quadra all alone on the right wing, where the freshman then put the just out of the reach of Urban goalkeeper Zach Thomson to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Quadra added a second goal less than ten minutes later, in the second half, to give the Tigers (5-0-1, 1-0-0) a lead they would not relinquish, despite allowing a goal in the 77th minute.
“This was, by far, the worst performance of the season,” said Lick-Wilmerding head coach Gavin Birmingham. “We have a lot of young guys and they were nervous. We didn’t follow our plan and Urban imposed their game on us. We were quite fortunate with our first goal, but I felt we defended well in the second half and stopped their [crossing passes] and kept them to the middle of the field.”
Lick features 11 players new to varsity, including six freshmen and four sophomores. Three of those freshmen and three sophomores are starters.
Urban’s (4-2-0, 0-2-0) only goal came on a strike from 20 yards out by junior Luke Hirschorn. The Blues outshot the Tigers 10-6 and controlled possession, but could not manage a goal until the game was almost decided.
With their shutout loss to University on Monday, it took 157 minutes for the Blues to score their first goal of league play.
“All we can do is create opportunities and we’re confident that they will fall,” said Urban head coach Antony Reyes. “We want to get better each time out and in each half. We were better today than we were Monday and the wins will take care of themselves.”