Tesoro atop the South Coast at 4-0-2, still unbeaten and in front of teams like Aliso Niguel, San Clemente and Mission Viejo? Who didn’t see this coming?
Try everyone. Some coaches felt like the Titans were bottom dwellers of the league this year, and who could blame them. Tesoro graduated 16 players, returning 5 varsity players, two starters.
What’s going on with the Titans?
“We are just flying under the radar,” Coach Don Skaff said. “We have a young team. I’m playing everyone lots of minutes.”
Skaff has 4 sophomores and 1 freshman in the starting bunch. He lost two players to injuries – sophomore Connor Wilkinson and senior Kevin Kandel, who started at left back last year. Wilkinson broke his leg in the first meeting against San Clemente. Kandel broke his cavicle.
Skaff said his team’s moment came against Mission Viejo, and he credited sophomore Bryan Breslin for turning the game around. Tesoro trailed 1-0 before Breslin took the field. The Titans won, 3-1.
“He wasn’t even walking on Tuesday,” because of an ankle injury Skaff said. “He wasn’t supposed to play Friday, but Mission was all over us and he wanted to go in. He was the difference maker.”
Bryan’s twin brother, sophomore Michael Breslin, is in goal for the Titans, and doing a solid job, Skaff said.
“He’s huge in goal,” Skaff said. “He’s really stepped up.”
Skaff said Tesoro’s 4-0 victory over San Clemente on Monday was huge for his team moving forward with four games to play. He said his team might not have the best talent player for player, but plays the best as a team on the field.
“More important than talent, we get along,” Skaff said. “We like being out there. We have great chemistry and our confidence goes a long way. We still feel like the underdog every game.”
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