The Beckman Chronicle
Devastating Conclusion: The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team lost in overtime to Laguna Hills, 2-3.Friday, February 09, 2007 By Cynthia Perales
TUSTIN-After they got off to a quick start and obtained the first two goals of the match, Coach Brad Bohn’s young group of Patriots lost to the Hawks in overtime on Tuesday night, February 6. The goal of the game was to “play with passion and be competitive,” stated Coach Bohn. The Patriots “took advantage of early opportunities,” exclaimed Coach Bohn, although the game began at a bad tempo, meaning simply that it was too fast pace. Goals for Beckman came from a mid-field player, Sophomore, Juan Martinez, #9, who is ranked fifth in the county. The first was a header and the second a volley. He said, about being ranked fifth in county, that it was a “good feeling” because of his age and that he feels he can “compete against anyone”. Starting Freshman goal keeper, Keith Lawson, #00, stated that the team “came out playing hard from the beginning.” He certainly was included in the passionate exhibition the Patriots displayed by continually saving shot attempts by Laguna Hills. Close goals in the first half, for Beckman, came from Freshman forward, Ivan Bustos, #14. Outstanding defense kept the score 2-0 at the end of the first half of regulation play. The Patriots carried their aggressive play into the second half. Bustos maintained his intensity by attempting shots throughout. Teammate, Juan Martinez said, “Ivan knows how to play. He knows what to do and I’m more comfortable with him on the field.” Coach Bohn reminded his team that Laguna Hills was going to “come at us hard” in the second half and preached for them to keep playing with heart. He felt his boys were in the right mind set for the game. He also said that they bonded pretty well and hadthe ability to be proficient. Lawson continued to exhibit his skill by saving shot attempt after shot attempt, diving and sacrificing his body to block the ball. Defensive pressure came from team captains Jason Bunnell, #5, and Aaron Messmer, #8. However, the Hawks managed to get through the defense and scored two goals, sending the game to overtime where they put up a fight. Ivan Bustos and Juan Martinez put the pressure on the Hawks goalie with repeated advances toward the goal and near makes. After the 20 minute overtime, the Hawks had scored again and won the game.