On Dec. 14, the boys soccer team ( 3-1-3 overall, 1-0-1 Peninsula Athletic League) tied Carlmont (2-3-2 overall, 0-0-2 PAL) 1-1. Both goals were scored in the first half.
Senior defender Giorgio Petrakis noted although that the game wasn’t particularly high-scoring, he still felt the Dons played well.
“If you don’t get beat and they don’t score on you, it’s a good day,” he said.
Carlmont junior John Deridal scored the Scots’ first goal 10 minutes into the game, on junior goalkeeper Jesus Lopez. Lopez played in goal for the whole match and managed seven saves total.
The Dons were plagued by offsides penalties early in the match, racking up a total of six calls in the first 12 minutes, in addition to 12 overall, compared to just one for the Scots. Carlmont set offside traps for the Dons, which they repeatedly fell into.
However, the Dons played a strong defensive game.
“There weren’t any huge errors,” Petrakis said. “But I definitely think that myself and all the other backline players can do a better job of building out and letting go of the ball.”
With an assist from junior Marcos Alvarez, senior Sergio Zavala Sanchez scored the Dons’ only goal of the evening twenty minutes into the first half.
Through the second half, four additional shots were taken. Two were by senior team captain Jacob Zlobinsky, one was by freshman Epigmenio Rodriguez and one was by senior Bryan Lim.
“I think I played exceptionally OK,” Zlobinsky said. “I lost the ball a couple times, but other than that, we moved the ball up.”
Freshman Zane Stokesberry played right midfield for most of the second half.
“I think we got some good attacking plays,” he said. “But, we threw away some chances.”
The Dons are off for the remainder of the calendar year, but will start back up against Los Altos (2-0-2 overall) on Jan. 2.