The Seahawks boys soccer team nailed down back-to-back wins last week, downing Baker 4-1 at home Friday night, and then traveling to Freeport Saturday morning to notch a 7-2 triumph.
Against Baker, the Franklin County boys fell behind 1-0 in the first half, but then woke up and roared back after the intermission to win 4-1 for the Seahawks’ first home district game.
“The boys struggled during the first half, but we made arrangements to break down Baker's defensive wall,” said Coach Ramon Valenzuela.
We told the boys to get themselves centered in the second half and learn from their mistakes. The team was instructed to play smarter, not just harder. The boys responded and began passing the ball as well as we have seen them do it during practice,” said Valenzuela, who is assisted by Stacey Kirvin.
“We, as coaches, were pleased to see how the players were using our strategies,” said Valenzuela. “The boys understood, played and scored just like they are should. They shook off the frustration of losing during the first half and came back to win with style.”
Both junior Graham Kirvin and senior Zack Howze had two goals in the game, with Junior Alex Causey providing a pair of assists.
Saturday’s game against Freeport was another district game, and before it began, the team was encouraged to start the game with confidence and shoot the ball to their net.
“Our defense was very strong and the players tried to play their best. Our forwards and midfielders really showed some skill,” said Valenzuela. “We couldn’t be happier after scoring seven goals against Freeport.
“These boys came from nowhere to score. Although we did miss some opportunities to score, we will continue to learn from those mistakes,” he said. “We have seen the boys continue to improve in their passing, communication on the field, and scoring. They have talent and it is enjoyable to see their capabilities grow. We will continue to have the boys work individually with the ball, and as a team to strategize and carry off the strategy on the field during our games.”
The Seahawk coach praised Freeport for playing a great game. “Both teams Baker and Freeport were challenging opponents and we are proud of our Seahawks for their great game and sportsmanship,” said Valenzuela.
The seven goal spree was begun with a goal by senior Josh Reeder, on an assist from junior James Harris, and then followed by a Kirvin goal off an assist from senior Julio Ramirez.
Causey netted an unassisted goal, followed by two Kirvin scores, off assists from Howze and Reeder. Howze returned the favor, scoring off a Kirvin assist, and senior Billy Harris end the scoring off a Howze assist.
The boys faced off Wednesday night at West Gadsden, and on Friday night are at home against district rival Rocky Bayou Christian. On Tuesday, the Seahawks are home against Port St. Joe.