Boys soccer: Healdsburg edges Piner 1-0

Healdsburg's Alejandro Madrigal, right, is sent flying as he goes after the ball against Piner's Hector Garcia during their game in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/The Press Democrat)

Healdsburg’s Alejandro Madrigal, right, is sent flying as he goes after the ball against Piner’s Hector Garcia during their game in Santa Rosa on Wednesday.
(CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/The Press Democrat)

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Healdsburg boys soccer team scored its lone goal on a penalty kick in the second half to hold off Piner 1-0 Wednesday afternoon in Santa Rosa.

In a strong defensive game, both teams were shut out in the first half before a foul in the Prospectors’ penalty box set up the penalty kick. The Greyhounds’ Oscar Herrera drilled the ball into the right corner for the game’s only score.

Healdsburg coach Herbert Lemus said the penalty kick was the only highlight of the game, as both teams didn’t play to their potential.

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“I think their players had a lot to offer, and so did we,” Lemus said, “but it just wasn’t our game today.”

Lemus credited the Greyhounds’ win to their defense, led by Eladio Avila.

“We were getting attacked a lot,” Avila said. “We were just giving it 100 (percent) in the back.”

The key, he added, was attacking every ball in the air and setting it up for the offense.

The Prospectors played without a sub on the bench, which proved challenging when a yellow card was issued and Piner was forced to play a man short.

“The energy level was good. The guys were ready for it,” Piner coach Nate Kinser said. “We had good possession but some unlucky things happened that stopped our momentum. The energy was there, we just didn’t have the depth.”

The Prospectors took 12 shots compared with 16 for the Greyhounds. Piner placed seven of them on frame. Piner goalkeeper Isaac Flores had nine saves in what he said was a frustrating game.

“Today was difficult,” Flores said. “Hopefully we are just going to keep practicing hard on the little things to help us win the game.”

Both teams hope to improve on their finishing touch as they head into their separate matches on Friday.

“The guys are against the wall,” Kinser said, “and every time they step up to the challenge, so they’re going to do it.”

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