By Josh Levine
University High School’s boys soccer team controlled possession and control in a almost all of its dominating 3-0 non-league victory over Gateway on Monday at the Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields.
The Red Devils (8-4-2) got two goals from Diego Lopes and one goal from Sam Reyes, and with 22 shots, including 12 on target, the offensive pressure kept the Gators (5-6-2) on the defensive throughout.
“We controlled the game and we were able to play a lot of guys, including some that don’t get to play a lot,” said University head coach Deejae Johnson. “I know we had at least 67 percent of possession in the first half and I’m very happy with that. The goal today was to start quickly and we did that.”
In the fourth minute, University junior Sam Reyes took a pass from senior captain Michael Lauricella and deposited the ball into the top half of the net.
Lauricella, who has had a long road to recovery after tearing his hamstring nine months ago, played his first full game on Monday.
Lopes added a goal midway through the first half and early on in the second half to secure the win. Both of Lopes’ goals were unassisted shots targeted high in the net, past the outstretched hands of the Gateway goalkeeper Marlon Morales. Morales saved nine of the University shots on goal and switched back to his normal midfield position late in the second half.
“Well, normally Morales is our midfielder and not our usual goalkeeper. We have a lot of guys playing out of position,” said Gateway head coach Joe Killmaier. “I like how University plays. It’s a good example of how we need to be. They’re aggressive on defense and swarm the ball. It gets us to play better and faster as a team.”