Marina boys’ soccer strikes fast, beats Ocean View
Within moments after the referee blew the whistle to start the game, the Marina High School boys’ soccer team broke through on the scoreboard.
Then it happened again. And again.
Three goals in the first eight minutes were all Marina needed to notch a 3-1 win over host Ocean View on Thursday in a nonleague match.
“The biggest thing for us is making sure that we can match the intensity and the physicality of the opposition,” Marina coach Gabriel Lucatero said. “I think in previous years, we haven’t been able to do that. This year, it kind of seems in these couple of matches that we’ve had that the intensity is there and the want from these guys is showing up.”
Ted Frousiakis had a pair of goals, and Luke Lastra also scored for the Vikings (1-0-1), who opened their season with a 2-2 draw against Long Beach Millikan at home.
Speed did indeed kill for Marina, which came out of the gates flying. Taylen Vo made a run down the left end to the goal line, taking the Ocean View defenders with him. When he released on the ball, Frousiakis had time to pick out his shot and lofted it into the side netting in the second minute.
Frousiakis found the net once more in the third minute when defender Alec Monarrez jumped into the play, crossing the ball in from the right side of the formation toward Frousiakis’ head.
“We played the ball really well in the middle, and we found ourselves on the wing with the ball,” Frousiakis said. “Just like we practiced, we cross it in, and I found myself open with nobody on me, and I just took my time and found the corner.”
Lastra ran onto a loose ball in the box in the eighth minute to extend Marina’s advantage to 3-0.
Although possession over midfield was scarce for the Seahawks (0-4) in the first half, Ocean View scored on its first shot of the game. In the 19th minute, Gabriel Castellanos took a high-rising shot from about 30 yards out. On its descent, the ball crossed the goal just below the crossbar, evading the outstretched hands of Marina goalkeeper Tanner Gill.
Ocean View coach Lucas Kim challenged his team to respond in the second half, and the Seahawks played a more connected game after the break.
“I think we were a little more aggressive,” Kim said. “… We certainly tried to move the ball forward and advance it as quickly as we could. Sometimes, it’s just trying to tickle the right part of the body to see what gets them going. If we poke the correct section of the brain, maybe it pushes them in the right direction.”
Jayden Trujillo made four saves for Ocean View.
With both schools being part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District, Ocean View and Marina have reason enough to schedule a nonleague game against each other, but the head coaches of the programs are also connected through club soccer.
Lucatero is the president of California Rush, while Kim is the director of the club.
“Certainly, a lot of respect between the two of us, except when one of us beats the other,” Kim said in jest.
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