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Cougars split first two soccer matches of year
by Bruce Harper
Sep 18, 2010 | 445 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Coastal Bend Cougar soccer team opened its season with a pair of matches over the weekend and captured a split of the two contests.

The Cougars play all of their matches on the road as facilities in Beeville are still in the planning stages.

The weekend series had the Cougars playing at the San Jacinto South complex against the Northeast Texas College Eagles on Friday.

“This game was a challenge for the team and it will be like this the rest of the season. Having to compete with established soccer programs with a brand-new team is an obstacle that is hard to overcome,” said Cougar head coach Mike Arreazola.

The all-freshman Cougar squad jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two first half goals and then duplicated their efforts in the second half for a 4-0 win in the season’s opener.

“The defense played solid and all the players are reliable and proven themselves worthy of college level competition,” Arreazola said.

The defense is made up of sweeper Todd Brennan, stopper Andrew Linsalata, right defender Zach Hammons and left defender Alex Pineda. Kyle Jackson is a well-rounded goalie who made 11 saves for the Cougars in the first game.

The Cougars also put pressure offensively on the Eagles with 11 shots on goal of their own. The four goals were made by Gabriel Cerda, Kris Mireles on a penalty kick, Mario Rodriguez and Jhostan Padron. Coming up with assists on three of the goals were Rodriguez, Padron and Deyvi Hurtado.

Saturday’s match was against Lon Morris and the Cougars lost to the more experienced squad, 3-0.

The ball just did not bounce right for the CBC men as 13 shots were on goal but the Lon Morris keeper was up to the task and made the save.

“The whole team played hard but the ball did not find the back of the net. Some of the shots missed the goal by inches,” said Arreazola.

“Both goalies (Artie Martinez and Kyle Jackson saved eight shots on goal) did an outstanding job guarding the net.”

The play of the Cougars was definitely noticed by the other coaches and even the Region XIV regional soccer coordinator, San Jac’s South head coach David Sebastian.

He said this team was a much better team that he has seen in the last two years from CBC. Sebastian was impressed CBC played all freshmen as he does not even play his freshmen players.

“Both the head coaches for Northeast College and Lon Morris were impressed by the improved CBC soccer team and program. They both articulated how good we played and were happy to see CBC had improved,” said Arreazola on Monday.

The Cougars played at Ranger College yesterday (Friday) and will meet the Hill College team today (Saturday) in Hillsboro at 3 p.m.
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