Cats and Hounds: Atascadero boys end on a win

PASO ROBLES — This past weekend Barney Schwartz Park hosted the Cats and Hounds High School Soccer Tournament. Teams from around the area and from the valley made the trip to the Central Coast to play in the tournament Friday and Saturday.

The Greyhounds headed into the tournament fresh off a 2-2 tie against Orcutt Academy on Thursday night and two games into the six games they played in just a five-day span last week.

In the opening game of the tournament, the Greyhounds played Coast Union High School. A slow start coupled with a few bad breaks ended up being too much for the Hounds to overcome.  

“We had a lot of opportunities,” Atascadero Head Coach JT Camp said. “We had a pretty slow start at first and had some problems getting opportunities in the first half to shoot. We got down early on a called penalty by the referee and just couldn't battle back from there.”

The bad breaks came in the form of whistles blown and, more importantly, whistles not blown. Both of the last two goals Coast Union scored came on plays where the Atascadero defense seemed to have great position and pulled a defender offsides, only to have hear nothing come from the official as a defender runs toward the keeper all alone.

“We did alright,” Senior captain Nick Garza said. “I think we could have done a little bit better but we picked it up in the second half and started playing our game and taking a lot of shots.”

The Hounds did have a bright spot in the game when they scored two goals in two minutes. Many of the players on the Atascadero team have been playing together on varsity since freshman year but so far the chemistry has only come in spurts.

“We had a slow start,” Atascadero forward Jose Pena said. “We have the talent and the numbers to do really good things and we’ve been playing together for a long time, on varsity together since freshman year and we played club. I think we have just had a slow start plus adding some new guys to the mix, I think it just takes a little time to adjust.”

Pena has served as most of the Greyhounds’ offense so far this season. The senior striker netted six goals in the six games Atascadero played last week.

Atascadero dropped the first three games of the Cats and Hounds Tournament before winning their final game. In their second game they fell to Cabrillo, 1-3, then to East Bakersfield 0-1 and in their last game they defeated the Mission Prep Royals 2-0.

The Greyhounds will continue tournament play this weekend when they head to Bakersfield to play in the Garces Tournament.


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