ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds and Paso Robles Bearcats together hosted the Cats and Hounds Tournament last weekend which featured 15 different teams from around California, some local and some from as far as Los Angeles County, to play games at various fields in the North County.
The tournament included Atascadero, Paso Robles (A and B team), Mission Prep, Arroyo Grande, Cabrillo, Dos Pueblos, Lemoore, Coast Union, San Marcos, Tranquility, Monrovia, Nipomo, Taft, and Righetti with the winner being Dos Pueblos who went undefeated over the two days of play.
The Hounds faced Avenal in their first game of the tournament and found themselves playing catch-up early as they conceded two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. After scrambling early, Atascadero finally found their footing in the wet conditions and held the Buccaneers scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Hounds’ Titus Ayala scored one goal before halftime but after three goals in the first half, the second half went scoreless as Avenal won the game 2-1.
Atascadero and head coach Gary Setting got their first win of the season in their second game of the tournament when they faced Mission Prep at Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds exploded offensively thanks to sophomore JJ Subia who recorded a hat trick in less than 35 minutes of gameplay in the first half.
“I was really nervous at first, but then I was just trying to exploit their weaknesses, like their gaps and stuff,” Subia said following the game. “Then I just got one and I saw how good their defense was in certain areas so I just kept cutting in and shooting.”
With each goal, Subia gained confidence and with more confidence came more aggressive play and more impressive goals. All three of the goals came as a result of Subia cutting into the middle of the field from his position out wide on the left, with the last one being the sauciest of them all. Subia scissored through two defenders and rifled the ball past the goalie and promptly celebrated with all his teammates for his first hat trick at the varsity level.
“My first goal, I was happy, it was my first goal of the season so of course, I am going to be happy,” Subia said. “I got a second one and was like, ‘Ok, maybe I can get a hat trick,’ and then I just cut out and shot and was overjoyed when it went in.”
The Hounds split both of their games on Saturday as they did on Friday dropping the first game against Lemoore 4-0 before putting on a scoring clinic against Tranquility in a 5-1 victory. Four different Hounds scored against Tranquility, Subia added another putting his total at four goals in the tournament which was the most by a player on the Hounds, Ayala scored his second goal of the tournament, and sophomore midfielder Martian Anguiano and junior Wyatt Hasch each scored their first goals of the season.
Atascadero is currently 2-4 on the season with their next home game being on Wednesday, Dec 12 when they host the Morro Bay Pirates.