SUN PHOTO/ELYN HART
West Coast Air takes a shot at the Sparks goal.
By Elyn Hart
Mr. Bones started off the new soccer season in a good way
with a convincing 3-0 win over Mike Norman Realty in Division
III action Wednesday evening. MNR began the game with a
strong effort, dominating the first five minutes by keeping
the ball in the Bones penalty area. There was good
action by striker Morgan Greig, who swiftly moved the ball
down right field and but missed an attempt against Bones
goalie Kieran Grumley.
Bones' offense snapped back and drove the ball back to the
Mike Norman penalty box to pester their defenders for the
rest of the half.
In the 12th minute a second go-for-goal blast by Bones
striker Blaine Jenefsky cleanly cut into the middle, high
above the goalies reach and a fraction of an inch
from the bar, scoring a beautiful first goal. Mike Norman
defender Lexi Moore timed it right and blocked another attempt
by Jenefsky. A long field pass from Bones brought the ball
back down to scoring range, and Jenefsky turned and bounced
one over goalie Zoe Barraeda-Piccirillo to put the second
goal through minutes later.
MNR, hungry to get on the scoreboard, moved the ball well
but often out of bounds, and a series of throw-ins kept
the ball in center field. The three MNR defenders of Lexi
Moore, G.G. Belsito and Samantha Burgess deflected goal
attempts by Jenefsky and Jewel Rodriquez through to the
half time whistle. Burgess kept her tough composure, playing
with broken fingers taped-up for the game.
In the second half, defending was evenly matched by both
sides as goalies were swapped out. Several excellent attempts
were fired by Greig and Moore but Jenefskys goalie
reflexes kept goals well away. Nick Valdivieso was a strong
presence for Mr. Bones and kept moving the ball out of mid-field.
MNRs Cooper Hardy challenged Keegan Murphy and won
the ball. Murphys first on-goal shot hit the post,
but later in the half he found his feet, sending the ball
through for a solid corner grounder and the final goal of
Mr. Bones Coach Marne Salinas was proud of her teams
play. "Each player is learning to play both a defense
and offense position so they dont get tired,"
Salinas said. "They are having fun out there and it
Division I (12-14 yrs) has had injuries resulting from
competitive play this week, with Danziger Destroyers
Tommy Price out for most of the season with a torn ligament
and Lapensee Plumbings Jordan Hynton out for a few
weeks with a similar injury.