Boys soccer: Andrean wins sectional, keep playing for its coach
DEMOTTE — Andrean coach Pete Reist will retire after this season, his 24th with the 59ers. But his team isn’t about ready to quit yet, cruising to a 4-0 win over Bishop Noll Saturday afternoon at the Covenant Christian Sectional.
Andrean senior Michael Gore had a part in all four goals, completing a hat trick, then assisting Eric Guetzoff on the final score.
But Gore was talking about his teammates’ defense after the game.
“Dan (Adair) and Jose (Angulo) were really cleaning up out of the air, winning 50-50 balls,” the senior standout said. “We knew if we came out on the field fired up, that would be the big key. We knew how fast they are, we couldn’t let them get the ball up the field.”
Noll (9-7-1) coach Armondo Garza agreed that Andrean did just too good a job defensively.
“We couldn’t get anything going, we had good ball movement, but we just lacked getting shots,” Garza said. “That was the whole thing — 1-0 is one thing, but 4-0 is another matter — it’s a loss. The guys played hard to the end. The breaks didn’t go our way.”
It didn’t help that the Warriors played one man short for the final 42 minutes, after losing a player to a red card.
Garza did note that his team was “loaded with a lot of freshmen and we’ll be as strong next year after they got their feet wet this season.”
“Our whole plan was to give Gore enough chances,” Reist said. “Angulo and Adair are our two stoppers, and Aaron Porter, our sweeper did a great job. We’re 12-7, and we’ve won eight of last nine, and we’ve scored four or more goals in (virtually) every game. It seems like it is always us and Noll, they have three or four guys you have to watch”
Gore said, “The sectional win is a big deal, something that will be long remembered. We won it for Pete.”