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April 1, 2023

Tiger booters beat El Mo, 2-0 in SCL soccer showdown

SEBASTOPOL—The Analy varsity boys soccer team turned in arguably
its best outing of the season, as they held off a determined
visiting El Mo squad last Thursday, 2-0.
The game, played on an unseasonably balmy night in Sebastopol,
was a contrast in styles between the West County rivals. The Lions,
using a physical brand of soccer, gave the Tigers all they wanted
as they waged a bruising defensive battle. Analy flashed its
superior team speed to push the ball up field and force the action.
The teams fought to a scoreless tie at the half.
³We knew they were faster than we were, so we had to try use our
style of play to neutralize some of their speed,² said El Mo coach
George Wells. ³Analy played a very good game.²
The Tigers drew blood 12 minutes into the second half when a
foul in the box led to a Mike Lamb penalty kick for a 1-0 Tiger
lead. Analy iced the game 15 minutes later when Lamb found the net
on a header off of a perfect throw-in from Greg Bradley for the
eventual 2-0 win.
³I thought we played well over the entire game and we hadn’t
done that in awhile,² said Tiger coach Peter Meechan. ³We could
have had a couple of more goals. El Molino played very hard and
physical and that was good for us.²
Earlier in the week, The Tigers (8-4-1, 2-2-1) played Sonoma to
a hard-fought 1-1 tie. Greg Bradley scored the unassisted goal for
The Lions (2-5, 2-2) travel to Windsor tonight (Sept. 28), while
the Tigers play at Healdsburg High School. Both varsity games start
at 7 p.m. Analy will host Cloverdale in a non-league clash this
Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Next Wednesday, the Lions play at Casa Grande (4/5:30 p.m.)
while the Tigers host Windsor at Karlson field (5/7 p.m.).


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