The Templeton Eagles Soccer Program is well respected throughout the Central Coast and beyond and last night showed one of the reasons why. The Eagles are used to winning but last night the boys and girls JV and Varsity Eagles swept their opponents and all four teams recorded shut outs. The girls shut out Pioneer Valley at home and the boys shut out Morro Bay on the road. Below is a summary of each of the games.
THS 2 PIONEER VALLEY 0
The Templeton Eagles Girls Varsity Soccer team hosted the Pioneer Valley Panthers in an Ocean League showdown. This match-up was a real defensive clash. Although we shot on goal more than our opponent (13 to 1) the First Half, the score was only 2 – 0, too close for comfort. At approximately 10 minutes into the game, Lauryn English was dribbling the ball inside the Pioneer Valley Penalty Area when she was forcefully taken down and awarded a Penalty Kick. Lauryn was given a penalty kick. The Pioneer Valley Goalkeeper blocked the shot, but couldn’t control the ball. Lauryn quickly ran to the bouncing ball, struck it and scored. Later in the First Half, Lily Shorrock made a beautiful pass to an already sprinting Merran Grindley. The pass split two defenders and Merran raced toward the Pioneer Valley Goalkeeper. Once within range, Merran shot and scored our second goal. The First Half ended with the score THS 2 Pioneer Valley 0.
The Second Half was similar to the First Half, a true defensive battle. Although we doubled the number of shots on goal than Pioneer Valley (6 to 3), neither team was able to score. The game went back and forth. They would attack, but we would win the ball and then counter-attack. Pioneer Valley would do the same. The Pioneer Valley Goalkeeper executed several outstanding saves to keep the match close. To their credit, Pioneer Valley continued to attack up until the final whistle blew.
The JV girls team also shut out their opponent by a score of 1-0 with the only goal coming from from freshman Jordyn Bulluck.
THS 2 MORRO BAY 0
The Templeton Eagles Boys soccer travelled to the coast on Tuesday evening for what was always going to be a tough game against and very talented and very physical Morro Bay Pirates team. The game lived up to all expectations to be a very close, back and forth affair with the Eagles coming home with a narrow 2-0 win, their first shutout of the season, and move to 3-1 in Ocean League play.
The game started at a frantic pace with Morro Bay coming at the Eagles goal with all guns blazing. The Eagles were able to counter and start to get some control on the game and seemed to be getting the better of the Pirates for the early parts of the first half. About midway through the half Jerret Tachovsky got on the score board to give the Eagles a 1-0 edge that held until half time. The game continued to be a very tight affair with just minutes left in the game and both teams continuing to get into good scoring position until Paul Schram was able to finish the game off with a fine goal to give the Eagles a little breathing room going into the final minutes.
The Templeton coaches were very please how the boys kept their composure in such a tight game, as they continue to build as the season goes on. Morro Bays fast and talented offense could have opened up the scoring at any moment was it not for a faultless defensive display by the Eagles. Although this was truly a team effort, special mention should also go out to Jack Shorrock who recorded his first High School shutout in goal.
The Eagles get one day’s rest and are then on the road Thursday to league leader Atascadero and then at home on Friday to Mission Prep.
The JV boys completed the sweep with a 4-0 victory over Morro Bay with goals by (L to R) Gabe Soltero, Landen Miller and two by Lincoln Leavitt.
Win or lose we are so proud of our scholar athletes and the dedication, sportsmanship and skill they show. Go Eagles!
If you haven’t seen our winter sports teams in action there is still time. Here is a list of upcoming games.