Tie is a victory of sorts for Daegu boys
In the scorebook, it simply reads like any other scoreless tie. But for Daegu’s boys soccer team, it was as if they’d beaten defending Far East Division II Tournament champion Yongsan International-Seoul.
Sophomore goalkeeper Josh Oh made 10 saves and lucked out when three Guardians shots struck iron instead of the net and the Warriors hung on to take their first standings point off YIS-Seoul in coach Larry Knierim’s six seasons.
“Totally amazing,” Knierim said after his Warriors improved to 0-6-2, last in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I standings.
Daegu has never won a league title and only reached a Far East Division II Tournament final once, 10 years ago, while the Guardians (4-2-1) have won three D-II Tournament titles in four years and four altogether. Which makes Friday’s result something of a major upset.
“Hard work defensively and divine intervention,” Knierim said.
Oh got plenty of help from his back line, including fullbacks Richard Buck, Chandler Severns and Carlo Bonifacio. But the Guardians simply got unlucky on four occasions that had “sure goal” written on them.
A pass that traveled through the area in front of Oh and the net somehow sailed over the net. Another shot clanged off the top crossbar and two others clanked off the side posts.
“We had golden horseshoes on our goal,” Knierim said. “It was nice to see the boys come together like that.”
Samurai’s Apple closes in on 100 career goals
He’d scored three times to give him 38 goals for the season, tops in the Pacific, and 99 in his two-plus years in Samurai uniform.
But senior Tyelor Apple’s goal of hitting the century mark was delayed a day when Matthew C. Perry coach Mark Lange, with a 7-0 lead over Yokota at halftime, emptied the bench in the second half. The Samurai beat the Panthers 7-1. The teams meet again Saturday.
Nile C. Kinnick and the Samurai remained 1-2 in DODDS Japan, as Shota Henry scored twice to boost the Red Devils over Robert D. Edgren 7-0.
Kaile Johnson scored four times to boost her Pacific leading goal total to 23 and Kinnick’s girls stayed atop DODDS Japan, beating Edgren 5-1.
Zama American girls’ “other” Rachel, Rachel Boyle, scored a hat trick as the Trojans shut out St. Maur International 3-0. The Trojans’ signature star, Rachel Walls, remains sidelined with a fractured leg.
Kubasaki’s girls and Kadena’s boys made it halfway to Okinawa Activities Council season-series sweeps on Friday.
Liz Fabila netted her third goal of the season and the Dragons shut out the Panthers girls 3-0 at Ryukyu Middle School. Bradley Zaher’s third goal of the season powered Kadena’s boys over Kubasaki 4-1.
Elsewhere in Korea, Lari Robertson’s two goals gave Daegu a 2-0 shutout of YIS-Seoul. Andy Weber stopped 11 shots and Tiffaney Mitchell and Tammy Garman combined for three saves for Seoul American, whose boys shut out Korea International 5-0 and the girls did the same 7-0.