By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
In what might be a first in the annals of Redwood Empire soccer, Analy’s boys soccer team used two keepers Wednesday afternoon against host Piner, and by game’s end both players had scored goals.
As for the match, the Tigers won 7-0 and improved their overall record to 18-1-1 and 10-1 in SCL. The two players that likely made history are Ivan Galvan and Omar Coronel.
Galvan began the game by scoring the game’s first two goals while Coronel started in goal.
Then, with 20 minutes remaining and Analy ahead 5-0, the two changed positions. Ten minutes later, Coronel found himself in front of the Piner net with the ball and converted to the back of the net.
“Coronel had been bugging me all season about getting a chance to score a goal,” coach Peter Meechan said with a smile. “This was our next-to-last league match and we were comfortably ahead, so it was a perfect time to let him try.”
Galvan was resting on the bench when Meechan told him to replace Coronel in goal.
“It was pretty much fun,” Galvan said. “I always wanted to try being a goalie. I got a couple of saves which felt good.”
Galvan scored the game’s first two goals. The first came on a penalty kick and on the second, he took on three defenders and calmly slipped it between the goalie’s legs.
Counting those two, the junior has scored 19 this season.
Analy is battling Sonoma Valley for the SCL title and those teams have a make-up game Tuesday.
The Tigers prevailed when the teams played earlier in the year.
“We’ve improved since then,” Galvan said. “We’re a really strong defensive team and gotten more comfortable playing alongside one another. The chemistry is good.”
Piner coach Nate Kinser only had eight varsity players available and had to call up junior varsity players to fill out his team.
“We had some injuries and other guys that didn’t make grades,” Kinser said. “The kids that did play tried hard.
“Analy is a great team. I was impressed by how composed they are. They do a lot of things well.”