Noll fights for victory
Updated: August 27, 2011 9:14PM
MUNSTER — Bishop Noll’s Armando Garza earned a landmark victory Saturday with his 100th career win as a head coach. Noll faced a well-established Munster boys soccer team, whose success the Warriors are fighting to duplicate.
Noll took a step toward reaching those heights with a 2-1 victory.
“Their defense is young. We put pressure on their defense and opened up the middle.” Garza said. “Our strengths are our midfield and forwards.”
Noll did not disappoint, keeping the Mustangs at bay with that defense.
Noll’s Angel Zamudio, who was a Post-Tribune All-Area first-team member last season, scored the game’s first goal off a rebound.
Munster’s Zarko Coric, who was also a P-T All-Area first-teamer last year, scored his team’s only goal to tie the game. A few minutes later Coric blew a great opportunity for what would have been an exciting second goal with an open field and no Mustangs nearby, thanks to goalie Mason Rhodes.
Luis Soto scored a goal soon afterward to give the Warriors a 2-1 halftime lead that they never relinquished.
In the second half, Noll was even more aggressive, especially Zamudio and Garza.
Frustration and worry was evident as tempers flared with 6:16 left, when a fight broke out between the two sides.
“These guys played with a lot of guts and had a lot of heart,” Garza said. “They never gave up and just kept fighting. They believe in themselves after this.”
After a nice game in net, and despite the altercation midway through the second half, Rhodes couldn’t stop tossing accolades toward the Mustangs.
“Munster is a greatly coached team — great players from the first guy to the last guy. They all know how to hit the ball. They all can move. They all can pass. Their (teamwork) is their biggest threat. There is no individual star.”