Bonnabel’s boys soccer team, second in the state power rankings, got its first goal against John Ehret about midway through the first half, and that would be all the Bruins needed as they won 3-1 Monday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
At the 25-minute mark of the first half, Sharif Sharif kicked in a shot that went to the left shot of the net to put the Bruins (9-1-2, 7-0 District 8, Division I) up 1-0.
“We always on the team about hustling and playing hard,” Bonnabel coach Colt Colletti said. “They really wanted this game. They came out there and we got that first quick goal. Then, they scored one for us actually, it got us a little momentum.”
The own goal by Ehret (14-1-3, 4-4) happened at the 28:50 mark and Bonnabel kept Ehret scoreless until the second half.
“They got it back when they got another goal on us,” Colletti said. “Right at the end, we punched that one in. We were just able to hold them off. It was just tough.”
It didn’t take Ehret long to get its first goal when Eduardo Garcia scored at the 46:27 mark to cut the lead to 2-1.
Bonnabel’s Jazer Ardon had a clear path to the goal when he scored at the 72-minute mark for the final goal.
While there was a dearth of scoring, Ehret coach Emmanuel Hernandez saw other positives.
“We kept our shape very well,” he said. “Our midfield started connecting. That was the most important thing. It started to open space. We realized their center backs were very good in the air, so we decided to put the ball through the ground, so that’s how we were penetrating. Yeah, it just didn’t go our way.”
Hernandez said both teams took turns outplaying each other each half.
“The first half, they completely outplayed us,” he said. “The second half, I believe we outplayed them in the second half. It was a very, very good game, very entertaining to watch.”
The final score was not indicative of the type of game, Hernandez said.
“I think it was a closer game than what a 3-1 would look like,” he said. “I think it easily could have been 1-nil, 2-1. It was a very tight game. It was an excellent game and they deserved it.”
Bonnabel plays at Chalmette on Thursday before playing last year’s Divison I runner-up Grace King on Jan. 22. Ehret plays Higgins on Friday.