Dos Pueblos opened its boys soccer season with a bang, scoring three goals in the first half and rolling to a 4-0 win over Carpinteria at Scott O’Leary Stadium on Monday night.
“Tonight was a good start to the season for our Chargers,” coach Matt York said. “We have a lot of returning guys from last year‘s squad and we are excited to see those guys really work hard for their senior season.”
Aldo Becerril started his senior season in fine fashion, scoring two goals and assisting on another.
Becerril got DP on the board in the 27th minute, finishing a feed from senior Anthony “Bubba” Gutierrez.
Becerril made it 2-0 a minute later and two minutes after that he combined with Leo Rubio on a give and go for Rubio’s first goal.
“Man of the match tonight was Aldo Becerril and his ability to really knife through the defense and get the game comfortably in our control,” said York.
Elijah Valerjev scored the fourth goal — and his first as a varsity player — in the 63rd minute after a free kick by Rubio.
York singled out the work in the midfield from Jorge Kokis Silva.
“Special praise goes to new member Jorge Kokis Silva who did a fantastic job in the middle for us winning tough challenges and possessing the ball tremendously in the first half,” he said. “Robert Montalvo was a steady presence for us in the center back position and senior captain Hayden Carlson matched fellow captain Aldo Becerril‘s play as he was a dynamic force from the left back position, creating multiple opportunities for offense and then sliding into the center back position when called upon in the second half.”
He also praised senior captain CJ Rodriguez for “controlling the pace of the game and making sure our offense had continuous flow to it. He was also able to shut down their counter attacks before they got going and really allowed us to pull away in the first half.”
Carpinteria suffered its third defeat of the young season.
Coach Leo Quintero saw improvement in his team’s play.
“I believe our team played well tonight and left it all on the field,” he said. “We are a young varsity team gaining valuable “on-the-job training”
Carpinteria goalkeepers David Celio and Brian Garcia combined for 10 saves. Quintero praised the defense of Gabe Perez, Enrique Gutierrez and Emilio Perez, and the midfield play of Christian Flores.