Before halftime, there was this sign of disgust from Cabrillo High boys soccer head coach Oscar Torres – the second-year head coach looking down on the grass and then banging his hands twice on his quads.
But after overtime, there was the sight of a smiling Torres and a beaming CHS team after the Conquistadores rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Orcutt Academy 3-2 in overtime at Vandenberg Village on Thursday.
Torres, a former CHS soccer standout, praised the resiliency of his team after falling to an early hole against a physical and fast Spartans team.
“Hey, as long as we beat them, we’re good, right? A win is a win,” Torres told his team afterwards.
The victory awarded the Conquistadores their first Los Padres League win of the season after the 0-2 start.
“We’ve been hurting all season. We were trying to keep our heads up. I’m the type of person who looks at scores and it was hard to keep our heads up. But, we’re that team that changed everything in five minutes,” Torres said. “It was frustrating and it was hard to keep the guys focused, but we managed to keep our heads up and got some good goals.”
Orcutt Academy (4-5-2, 1-3 in the LPL) started quick with four shot attempts near the net but misfired all four times. That was until Jordan Horst swooped in from the right side to bang the ball into the net for the game’s first score.
After his goal, the Spartans’ other Jordan, Jordan Jose, overcame two misses to pound the ball inside the net that extended the lead to 2-0.
Cabrillo (5-6, 1-2 in the LPL) had two chances to tie up the game before halftime. But Jeremiah Lamar’s sprint to the net attempt ended with his kick getting caught. Then, a CHS corner kick try from the left-hand side failed to reach past the net – leaving Torres frustrated.
In the second half, Lamar finally got CHS on the board with his tap-in that made it 2-1. After a number of penalties including offsides were called against the Conqs, Cabrillo managed to keep its composure and tied things up right under the two-minute mark. Alen Nelasco found himself in the middle of the box and powered the ball in to force overtime.
As the injuries and cramps began to mount for CHS, Graham Richards tried to lift Cabrillo past the tie with his middle attempt. However, his first overtime attempt saw the ball hit the crossbar.
Then, Richards drew contact and managed to receive a penalty kick from the referees. The senior took full advantage of his free opportunity – pushing the ball toward the right corner and completing the comeback for Cabrillo.
With time running out, Orcutt Academy squeezed in two more tries to the net – but both attempts wound up skimming past the right cross bar and seeing the ball sail over the goal post.
While Spartans head coach Josh Bennett was pleased with his team’s energy against a playoff team from a year ago, he still looked back at what could’ve been for Orcutt Academy.
“We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn’t finish well,” Bennett said. “We played good soccer but we had a few mental mistakes on set pieces that allowed them to score. I was happy with our team’s performance but we’ve got to work on finishing.”
Santa Ynez 6, Orcutt Academy 0
Santa Ynez scored five first-half goals in a Los Padres League boys soccer victory over Orcutt Academy at Santa Ynez High.
Senior Alex Hernandez scored his first two goals of the year, both unassisted, in the 7th and 10th minutes.
The Pirates then scored three goals in three minutes – Charles Harris in a 20th minute off an Erik Guerrero assist; Chris Tellez in the 21st minute off another Guerrero assist; and Nico Rocha on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute.
The freshman Guerrero then scored his first varsity goal in the 70th minute off a Harris assist.
AJ Reynoso had one save in goal for Santa Ynez in the first half. Juan Sanchez had two saves for the Pirates in the second half.
Santa Ynez (6-3-2) plays at Santa Maria Thursday. Orcutt Academy plays at Cabrillo on Thursday.
Lompoc 4, Morro Bay 1
The Braves stayed unbeaten in the LPL with their home win on Thursday at Huyck Stadium.
Lompoc (6-4-2, 3-0 in the LPL) received goals from Sebastian Hernandez, Anthony Morales, J.D. Montelongo and Alex Gonzalez. Hernandez and Morales's goals were off of set pieces.
Lompoc 56, Morro Bay 35
The Braves evened their Los Padres League record at 2-2 with a win at Morro Bay (0-4 LPL) on Thursday.
Danielle Morgan led Lompoc with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Mya Mendoza scored 10 points for the Braves. Ketara Mangino added eight points and 12 rebounds. Bella Robles had eight points and five rebounds.
Cabrillo 52, Orcutt Academy 19
Erin Jenkins scored 15 points, and Alyssa Stewart and Valerie Monzon both had nine as the Conquistadores ran their Los Padres League record to 4-0 with a win over the Spartans at Lakeview Junior High School on Thursday.
Orcutt dropped to 1-3 in the LPL.
Jenkins snared six rebounds and dished out four assists to go with her 15 points. Denisse Martinez had three assists for the Conquistadores.