The Los Banos High soccer team that took on Livingston on Tuesday was a different team that held Pacheco in a 3-2 loss, instead giving up goals left and right in an 8-1 Livingston victory.
The Tigers’ defense fell apart almost as soon as the start whistle sounded, with Livingston finding the back of the net 12 minutes into the game on a Freddy Aguilar goal off a Chris Gonzalez assist. Gonzalez added a goal of his won a minute later, and the Wolves were off and running.
“The shape that we had in the last few games, it was just a step back, that’s all, it was just a day they didn’t show up,” Los Banos coach Wes Wing said. “That’s really what it was. We’ve been improving a lot, just working on shape and communication and building from the back.”
Aguilar ended up with a hat trick, scoring his second in the 23rd minute – also off a Gonzalez assist – and No. 3 just 2 minutes into the second half. Also scoring for Livingston were Cesar Balderas, Isaak Vera, Salvador Cortez and Josue Zamudio.
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LB played the game with two starters missing – Pedro Robledo missed the game with a back injury, and Edgar Roman was also out. To compund matters, Ruben Nunez strained his foot near the end of the first half and sat the rest of the game.
“There wasn’t a lot of confidence on the ball. They were just kind of kicking it away,” Wing said. “There was no organization in the back. So whether or not we were shorthanded, I expect the guys filling in to know this stuff. So we just didn’t execute, that’s all. Nobody did their job individually, and we got caught trying to do other people’s jobs.”
The Tigers’ only goal came in the 70th minute when Lucas Quilici kicked the ball out of a scrum to Hernan Carrasco, who sent it past Livingston goalkeeper Jimmy Millan to the far post. It was one of just four shots on goal for the Tigers, while the Wolves peppered the LB goal with 30 shots.
“We’re just going to go back to practice and focus on mental stuff, just not giving up, keeping our shape and making the games tighter,” Wing said.