The Redwood High boys soccer team entered Tuesday’s home game against Novato as the only team without a blemish on its MCAL record through four games.
Thanks to a pair of goals in quick succession by Stanley Gaither midway through the second half, the Giants (6-3-0, 5-0-0 MCAL) were able to extend their perfect start with a 5-1 victory against the Hornets.
“It’s all my team,” Gaither said. “They were both crosses that went in to me, I went back post. First was from Matt Johnson, he assisted me back post, easy goal right in front. And second was from Eamon (Rogan). It was all them. I was just there to finish them.”
Gaither’s 90-second scoring binge turned a tight 2-1 game into a 4-1 game and all but secured the full three points for the Giants.
The Hornets “were playing really hard up until that point,” Redwood coach David Siracusa said. “It was 2-1 and any time its 2-1 in this league, I find that it’s kind of like a tie game. People are going full tilt — they were going full tilt. They were hard to every single ball. Every time we took a third touch, they were on us making a turnover. Getting the third goal just gives us a chance to breathe a little bit, maybe complete some passes instead of being in a constant battle of counterattacking.”
Having players on the back post was a theme for Redwood on Tuesday, with three goals coming directly from runs to the back post.
In addition to Gaither’s double, Redwood’s second goal came in the 15th minute following a free kick to Novato’s back post. Novato goalie Fernando Flores swatted the ball away from one Redwood attacker but it fell right to Johnson who tapped it in for a 2-0 lead.
The Giants got their first goal when Eric Zolezzi was taken down inside the 18-yard box in the fifth minute. Rogan knocked his penalty kick off the left post and in for a 1-0 lead.
“I was just trying to stay calm, take a deep breath and get composed,” Rogan said. “That’s mostly before a PK what you’re trying to do...It was a good ball across (from Gaither), Zolezzi was able to control it he did a good job of protecting the ball and the contact was there. I think it was a good call.”
Novato (3-4-4, 0-2-3) climbed back into the game in the 26th minute when Fredy Gonzalez crossed the ball into the 6-yard box and Robin Barrios slotted it home to pull the Hornets within 2-1.
The score remained that way for 30 minutes until Gaither broke the game open. Billy Gramajo added a fifth goal late on, assisted by Kayden Gibbs.Advertisement
“I don’t know what it is, but we’re a second-half team,” Siracusa said. “We’ve won a couple of games in injury time and they just have a lot of heart. They have some character and will to win. I’m not coaching that in training, they just want to win really bad. We didn’t show well last year and we made a pact with last year’s seniors at the banquet. We said ‘Hey, we are going to make up for what we didn’t do this past year next year’ and so that’s been driving us a little bit.”
Around the county
• Aidan Hall scored twice and Javier Martinez added another to help Marin Catholic defeat Terra Linda 3-2. Jack Wight and Michael Szyperski had assists for MC (5-2-1, 2-2-1). Robert Simkins and Andres Gramajo found the back of the net for TL (1-3-2, 1-2-2).
• Owen Schwartz scored to put Tam in front but Brendan Corr got the equalizer for Drake as the teams battled to a 1-1 tie. Nico Sadie assisted on the goal for Drake (6-1-1, 3-1-1). Schwartz scored in the first half for Tam (2-1-4, 2-1-2). The Pirates sit second in the table on 10 points and the Red-tailed Hawks sit third with eight.
• Chris Barrios had a goal and an assist to lead San Rafael to a 2-0 road win against Justin-Siena. Barrios scored the opener on a corner crossed in by Yorvin Cifuentes. Barrios set up Devon Breslin to make it 2-0 for the Bulldogs (2-5-1, 2-2-1).
• Nye Day had two goals and two assists to lift Branson to a 7-0 victory against San Marin. Callie Jones had a trio of assists for the Bulls (9-0-0, 5-0-0) and Eliana Prosnitz had a goal and two assists. Abby Dillon, Tess Woodlief, Zyla Pinger, Paulina Prosnitz also scored for Branson. Abby Dillon also had an assist.
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