Kicking into Gear

Gilroy’s Jesus Pacheco makes a move on a Seaside defender during

GHS looks impressive; Cruises to 4-0 shutout of Seaside
Gilroy – Just one senior starter? No problem for the Gilroy boys soccer team. The young players are doing just fine.

“Because it’s a bunch of young guys, everybody’s cool with each other and it makes the team play better,” said senior co-captain Emmi Nava.

Added sophomore co-captain Kevin Grove, “There’s no separation, no segregation.”

Behind three goals in two games from freshman forward Jason Olivo, the Mustangs (2-1) defeated Sequoia 1-0 Saturday in the Homestead Cup Tournament and Seaside 4-0 at home Wednesday.

With the win over Sequoia the Mustangs avenged their 2-1 loss in last year’s Homestead Tournament, which is considered the toughest tournament in the CCS. The game remained scoreless through 55 minutes of play until Olivo took a pass from sophomore forward Aldred Palencia 30 yards down the right side of the field and scored on a shot to the far post. It was Olivo’s first varsity goal.

“It’s great,” Olivo said of playing on varsity. “It’s not really (what I expected) because I didn’t think I was going to make varsity.”

The forward scored two more goals in Gilroy’s 4-0 blanking of Seaside Wednesday. Both were scored a minute apart late in the second half.

Despite controlling the ball for 90 percent of the game, Gilroy led Seaside just 1-0 at the half thanks to junior midfielder Humberto Pineda’s free kick which deflected off a seaside defender for a goal.

In the 21st minute of the second half, defender Grove drilled a shot from 30 yards out past Seaside’s goalie for Gilroy’s second goal of the night.

“He blistered it,” said Gilroy assistant coach Brian Hall.

Grove was assisted by Nava, who also assisted Olivo on his goal 10 minutes later.

Overall, Hall was pleased with his team’s high fitness level which has allowed them to score late-game goals. Though he noted the team is still getting used to the fake grass at Garcia-Elder Sports Complex.

“This turf is kind of new for them. They haven’t really come to grips with the speed of the field yet,” Hall said. “The ball just goes so fast here. Easy balls that we’d normally get are going out.”

Gilroy plays its next game at home tomorrow against Gunn at 5:30pm.

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