Warriors win behind balanced attack

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 4, 2012
Junior Stephen Blood crosses the ball during the first half of a game versus Weaver High School on Oct. 3. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Junior Stephen Blood crosses the ball during the first half of a game versus Weaver High School on Oct. 3. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor High School boys’ soccer team came out of the gates a little sluggish, but after an early first-half goal, the Warriors cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Weaver Beavers on Oct. 3 at WHS. The decisive victory puts Windsor’s record at 3-3-1, the first time the team has been at the .500 mark since the late 1990s. Windsor was led by a duo of juniors: Jason Stargardter, with two goals and an assist, and Stephen Blood, with two assists and a goal.

“Early on we had a hard time scoring goals, but we settled down. The thing with Weaver is we all know if you score first, it’s a lot easier; if they score first, they bring pressure, so we knew we had to score first,” said head coach Peter Lepak. “We were pressing early and trying to get that goal and we had sent so many players up that we weren’t doing a good job defensively. People got nervous, but once we calmed down and played our game, we scored some nice goals.”

After six missed shots in the first 10 minutes of the game, the Warriors netted their first goal on a header from junior Justin Nguyen, assisted on an indirect kick from junior captain Tyler Lacofta from almost half field. A couple of minutes later, Stargardter passed to Blood in the box and the midfielder dribbled through the defense before beating the goalkeeper with a neat flick of the ball near post.

The flood gates were officially opened when senior Isaiah Townsend received a ball from Blood and rifled a shot into the back of the net. In the 26th minute, junior Mike Phang contributed to the attack, scoring far post on a shot from just inside the box. A short time after, Stargardter netted his first goal on an assist from Bernie Murillo. The Warriors' final goal of the half came when senior Claude Butler put in his own rebound.

Stargardter scored on a cross from Blood 11 minutes into the second half and senior Josh Groeshel scored on a pass from freshman Hassan Adans for the second-half goals. Overall Windsor controlled the possession of the game fairly easily, while earning more corners, 9-0, and outshooting the Beavers 30-2.


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