By Bill Bray
FREMONT – The Little Giants’ boys soccer team took on the fifth-ranked St Francis Knights (5-0) in a boy TRAC match at the Fremont Ross field Tuesday afternoon.
St. Francis scored their first goal with 2:28 left in the first half when senior defender Garret Lopez found the Ross goal. The Little Giants played like a band of Little Giants and held the fifth ranked team in the state to one goal in the first 40 minutes of play. It was the defensive work of Bryce Estep, a freshman, Haydn Marcee, Evan Garcia along with the play of goalie Logan Baacke that kept the Giants in the contest.
Ross scored the first goal of the second half at the 33:30 mark when junior Victor Martinez found the St. Francis net. St Francis answered at the 29:48 of the second half when senior Travis Kenner kicked the ball home giving the Knights a 2-1 advantage. The Knights weren’t done there. With the Giants defense still holding their own, the Knights used their speed and experience to net two more scores. Senior midfielder, Jayden Monroe made the score 3-1 at the 12:15 mark of the second half as the Knights began to pull away. The final goal of the night was scored by St Francis’ Caleb Trent with 5:26 remaining to ice the win for the Knights.
Ross coach Alex Coressel was pleased with his team’s performance. “Our entire team stuck to our game plan,” Coressel began. “Don’t overextend and give the gaps and spaced to score. We stayed in; we took opportunities when we had them. They are the fifth ranked team in the state, and we held them to four goals. I am not going to complain,” the coach concluded.