Boys Soccer Drop Opening Game of Pre-Season

Written by Zach Goodwin

Pacific Grove boys soccer kicked off their season away at Palma on Monday. Suffering from a number of significant absences, the Breakers were forced to play with just two subs.

Though Palma dominated possession in the first half, the Breaker defense held strong, allowing very few shots. At half time PG was down by only one goal, after a defensive miscommunication finally allowed Palma to score just before the close of the half.

Palma came out even more aggressively in the second half, and was able to double their lead within minutes. The Breakers’ lack of fresh legs finally caught up to them, and in the last twenty minutes of the game Palma managed to score three more goals, running up the final score to 5-0.

The Breaker JV team – under new coach Marc Afifi – played a more competitive game, with freshmen Robertson Rice and Aeden Roland both finding the back of the net. Unfortunately, PG still fell 2-4 to the Chieftains.

Despite the result, Head Coach Nicholas Lackey chalked the game down as a “learning experience”. Considering the game’s placement right after the Thanksgiving break and the team’s many absences, the result was about as expected and the Breakers are confident they will be able to significantly improve upon their performance in future games.

Next up for the Breakers are two back-to-back games towards the end of this week, both at Breaker Stadium. PG will kick off against Marina at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, and against Northgate High School at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.