By Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News
Blue Ridge Early College boys varsity soccer team started their season on Monday by taking on Franklin on the road and lost a tough game 5-0. At halftime, the score was 1-0.
BREC Ethan Henson moves to stop an offensive drive against Franklin on Monday.
“First half was played very well,” said BREC Coach Nick Pressler. “The second half we played with some adjustments and tried some other formations. Being a first game, this was a good measuring stick of where we are at as a program.”
BREC Isaiah Palestino passes off the ball under pressure against Franklin on the road.
Having a deeper bench may have been a factor for the Panthers as the heat was in the high 80s on the field.
“Heat may have played a part in the second half,” said Pressler. “We are not as conditioned as where I think we need to be, but it’s a first game and a lot of good came out of it. The group played well as a whole. Gustavo our GK played lights out and kept the score as close as possible.”
BREC Goalkeeper Gustov Garcia makes a stop on Monday in Franklin.
The Bobcats get a second chance at the Panthers when they host Franklin tonight, game begins at 4 p.m.
BREC Jeysson Diaz takes a penalty shot on the goal and narrowly misses putting it in the back of the net.
BREC Levi Walters inbounds the ball in Franklin.
BREC Markus Alcantar slide tackles a Franklin player to prevent a shot on goal.
BREC Manny Magana moves to steal the ball from a Franklin player.
BREC Miguel Juan-Julian stops a line-drive pass and sends it back in the other direction.
BREC Erik Puskarich is surrounded by Franklin players as he brings the ball down the field.
BREC Coach Nick Pressler voices a slight disagreement with the ref’s call.
BREC Isaiah Palestino launches for a header against Franklin.
BREC Abraham Pineda on a fast break down the sideline.
BREC Gustovo Garcia jumps to stop a shot but it comes down at the perfect angle scoring a goal.
BREC Miguel Juan-Julian maintains control under pressure from Franklin.
BREC Jeysson Diaz on a fast break against Franklin.
BREC Markus Alcantar keeps the pressure on a Franklin player on Monday.
BREC Ethan Henson moves in for a steal against Franklin.