Even though Fullerton tried to play some mental games with the Lancers, warming up alongside Sunny Hills, it did little to intimate their Freeway League rivals as the Lancers knocked in as many goals against the Indians as they usually get in three games, cruising to a 3-0 victory. All of the Lancers’ goals were scored off set pieces in the first half by Osiris Garfias.
With the victory, the Lancers moved past South Hills, which was idle on Wednesday, and into first place in the Summer League standings. Sunny Hills hasn’t won the championship in the Sunny Hills Summer League since 2007.
Traditionally, the Lancers have relied on its well-organized defense to deliver a victory, but that might be changing as this is the second game in a row in which the Lancers have scored three goals. They did it against Kennedy on Monday. Even with that performance against the Fighting Irish, though, Sunny Hills was still averaging 1.1 goals per game, as it entered the match with Fullerton.
“For a while we had the least goals scored in the tournament. But we have also given up the least,” Sunny Hills coach Mike Schade said. The Lancers have allowed just three goals in 10 games, giving them a 0.30 goals against average.
“Today was nice against Fullerton, a league opponent, but the kids came out, and they looked at it is just another game,” Schade said. “The kids just went about their business, and it showed in the first half.”
Seven minutes into the game, a Sunny Hills free kick, bounced off the far post landing right in front of Osiris, and on his first touch, he drilled the ball in to put the Lancers up 1-0. His second and third goals came within three minutes of each other later in the first half.
In the 18th minute, Fullerton deflected a free kick to the top of the area, and Osiris found the ball once again, firing a line drive just inside the far post. Three minutes later he converted on another set piece for the Lancers.
The Indians didn’t go down easy. Yazi Hernandez made some nice runs into the box for Fullerton during the game, but each time, OC Register second team defender, Mitchell Bell ended the threat, leading a host of three marks toward the Indians’ most explosive player.
Fullerton didn’t put one shot on frame the entire game.
“We are always talking to them and challenging them on how we keep rhythm, and the character it takes to come into a game and go about following the plan to get the job done,” Schade said. “Scoring on a set play … yeah, we will take it and we love it, but we are still struggling to score on an approach play.”
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