Carson boys blank Miners 3-0
Last-place Bishop Manogue came calling on the Carson soccer team Saturday, and Carson coach Eric Masters tinkered with his lineup and also played a new offense.
Masters went with a second attacker up top, and after a slow start, the Senators scored twice in the second half en route to an easy 3-0 Sierra League soccer win Saturday afternoon.
Carson improved to 7-0 under Masters and has sole possession of first place after Douglas and Galena fought to a scoreless tie Friday afternoon. Carson hosts Galena, 6-0-1, next Saturday.
“We tried a different system,” Masters said. “We have a lot of attack minded guys. I wanted to see how it would work, plus we were able to get guys out there that have not been playing a whole lot. The first half we were a little slow finding the patterns of play to expose Manogue. I think we came out a little flat.
“It’s great (to be in first). Now, everybody is out to get us. We need to be at the top of our game and be prepared for every game.”
Despite the slow start, Carson outshot Manogue 27-1. The only Manogue shot on goal came in the 42nd minute.
Carson took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when Manogue failed to clear the ball from deep in its own territory. Gustavo Gonzalez beat Sean Beiker.
Carson’s next good opportunity came 10 minutes later when Luis Camacho’s shot went wide left.
It was a different story in the second half.
In a span of five minutes, Carson got three decent looks at goals, two by Sam Hutchinson. And, like the old saying goes, the third time was a charm as Hutchinson played a cross to captain Jason Martinez, who found the back of the net to make it 2-0 with 32:25 left in the match.
Martinez is one of the normal starters, who was on the bench to start the game. It certainly didn’t take him long to get into the flow of the contest.
“Obviously Jason is a big part of our attack,” Masters said. “Jason being out there made a big difference. I was just trying to give him some rest.”
Translation. Manogue isn’t really a strong team, and the Carson subs can hold their own.
Carson had several more strong runs and shots, but came up empty until the 75th minute when Camacho scored.
The unsung heroes in this one were defenders Michael Samii, Zach Smith, Christian Navarro, Cruz Kerver and Zach Bruce.
“it’s always defense first with us,” Masters said. “The defenders are always the underappreciatd guys. They are like offensive linemen in football. They aren’t scoring goals or touchdowns.”