The Greyhounds were undefeated on the road in league, a perfect 4-0. The Eagles 4-0 at home. Something had to give. This was a big game for the Eagles, coming off back to back losses in defense of last year’s league title. But despite the loss of several players still out for injuries a short handed Eagle team soundly defeated Atascadero High, 62-45.
“I am just insanely proud of the boys tonight. We have talked all week about learning how to deal with adversity and that being something that sports teaches you. We had a hiccup on Friday, but that was no reason to not persevere and show them that our bench was as good as any starting team in the league. And boy did they deliver. Outstanding play from all the kids. Even more fitting on a night in honor of their middle school teammates’ personal fight,’ said Coach Andrew Cherry.
It was a classic team victory with everyone getting time in the game and four players scoring in double digits. Senior Evan Asplund led the way with 16, Mitchel Savery Orton had 13, Merek Hall 12 and Josh Kaiser 11.
The Eagles wore Braden Crew shirts to honor Braden Waterman, a Paso High basketball player, who has recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Though he is no longer on their team many of them have spent years playing side by side with him and wanted to show their support.
With the win the Eagles (5-2) are in second place in league with Morro Bay leading the way with a 6-0 record. The Eagles will get another chance to face off with the Pirates in early February, but to win league they are going to need a little help. They almost got it last night as Santa Maria (0-6) just missed the big upset losing to the Pirates 78-74.
The Eagles next face Nipomo (4-2) who would love to avenge an earlier loss the Eagles. Game is schedule for Friday at Nipomo.
TEMPLETON 2 ORCUTT ACADEMY 1
The Boys Varsity Soccer packed all the excitement of their 2-1 win at home against Orcutt Academy into the last 15 minutes of the game last night.
Despite having the better of the flow of the first half of the game the Eagles were not able to get ahead in a scoreless half. The Spartans managed to go ahead 0-1 against the flow of play with 15 minutes left in the game. With their league championship defense on the line with a possible defeat, the Eagles then shifted into a new gear. The Eagles increased their urgency to score and with the help of the indiscipline of the Spartans they quickly equalized the game from the foot of sophomore, Lincoln Leavitt. This was followed very quickly by a second Eagles goal off the head of senior, Jerret Tachovsky. The final minutes were filled with the Eagles being cheered on by the home crowd as they looked for a 3rd quick goal. But the game ended with the 2-1 win.
The Eagles now move to 7-2 and first place in the Ocean league. They have a week off until next Tuesday, Jan 28th, when they head down the 101 to SLO to play Mission Prep before playing current 2nd place team, Nipomo, away next Thursday.
JV BOYS SOCCER
EAGLES 1 PIONEER VALLEY 0
The JV Eagles Soccer team continues to roll. A great game for the team with strong defense from a very good Eagle team. This time with a 1-0 victory over Pioneer Valley at home with the only goal coming from Nelson Johnson. With the win the Eagles move to 13-3 overall for the season. The JV team next plays this Friday vs. SLO at home with a start time of 4:00.
Landen Miller takes to the head for a header during the first half of last night’s game.