The Granite Hills Grizzlies played a game against Robert F. Kennedy on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.
“My teammates and I knew that we had to win this game if we wanted to go to playoffs,” stated soccer player Efren Tapia.
The game began and the boys started off slow; the opponent controlled the ball until Francisco Ceballos, forward for Granite Hills, fought and won a rebound to assist George Nunez for the Grizzlies first goal.
The game continued and the ball possession favored the Grizzlies. It took another three minutes so Ceballos could assist George Nunez again; it was Granite Hills’ second goal.
“The key to our victory was that we scored goals early on in the game and doing that gave us confidence, from there we took control of the game,” Jose Gonzalez.
Not too long after the Grizzlies second goal, Granite was still in the rival’s zone and a foul was marked by the referee outside the box, in favor of the grizzlies. Ceballos became the protagonist of the third goal. It was the first goal of the night for him.
Before the first half, the Grizzlies defenders Rodolfo Ventura, Jesus Ramirez and Juan Avalos were weary and the opponent’s number 2 kicked the ball between the defenders and scored the first goal for his fellow Thunderbirds. As half time ended, the Grizzlies were up 3-1.
“Guys we are making careless mistakes in defense and in the offense too; we need to put in every chance we have,” said the varsity coach Luis Espino.
The whistle signified the second half of the game; it only took five minutes for Rigoberto Gonzalez to give a long pass to Ceballos for his second goal of the night.
As the game went on, each team was toe to toe with each other; neither team gave the other a chance to gain an advantage over the other, even though RFK was down by three.
The opponent team did not back down; they consistently strove toward the goal. The Grizzlies defense made a mistake by kicking to the offender from the other team. A penalty was marked and it was the opponent’s second goal.
“We complicated [the game] ourselves because some players were trying to be the heroes and they were not passing the ball to their other teammates,” stated coach Espino.
Nonetheless, the Grizzlies ended up victorious with a win of 4-2.
“What made us better than the opponent was that they were not being clear, but we were and that’s why we won,” stated senior soccer player Rigoberto Gonzalez.
The next game will be away on Friday, Feb. 3 against Mission Oak.
Above Photo: A Granite Hills soccer player, Gorge Nunez, attempting to score.(Photo By Maria Corona)