Boys Soccer: Genoa-Kingston ousts St Edward with early scoring barrage

Updated: October 16, 2012 8:29PM

It was a case of preventative scoring — a lot of it.

Genoa-Kingston came out fast and furious Tuesday in the Class 1A Keith Country Day Sectional semifinals, but St. Edward fought back briefly before suffering a 7-2 loss.

“The first half we came out aggressively,” Genoa-Kingston coach Randy Tate said. “That was our game plan, trying to score first and score as many as we could because we know if they scored they were probably going to pack it back in.

“So we wanted to jump on them as early as we could.”

The Cogs (15-6-1) had the firepower to do it, as they got a goal 8:40 into the match from senior Cris Camargo, a goal only 1:13 later from sophomore Eric Tomlinson off Camargo’s assist and then two goals from senior Devon Tijerina for a 4-0 lead before St. Edward could get its lone first-half tally from senior Johnny Shepherd off an assist by senior Carlos Moreno. The Cogs rode that lead to a sectional final berth Friday against either Keith Country Day or Stillman Valley.

“They came at us at a very strong pace,” St. Edward’s Moreno said. “We came out with the mentality in the second half that we were going to play our best and were going to give it all we had on the field 100 percent — especially us seniors.

“I guess all the goals early kind of made it a different game, but the effort and our passion to get back up never changed.”

St. Edward coach Tim Brieger told his team at halftime that their own scoring chances — including a missed breakaway by Joe French early — indicated they could play with the Cogs, and Moreno scored 1:12 into the second half off an assist by French. The Green Wave had two more chances in the next two minutes, but then seemed to be running on empty.

“I’ll say they caught us off guard, I think, there at the beginning of the second half,” Tate said. “It made me a little nervous. But the guys responded, got organized and applied pressure.”

Cogs freshman Juan Lechuga finished the Green Wave off with two scores off assists from Camargo, then Hansen added an unassisted goal to complete the scoring.

“At halftime I asked them to give me everything they’ve got for the final 40 minutes and they did,” Brieger said after his team’s season finished up at 10-13. “I don’t think anybody had an off-game today, and best of luck to Genoa. They finished classy, they didn’t get chippy, it didn’t get nasty.

“I’m proud of these guys. They’re outstanding players.”

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