Hosting JFK-Richmond on Monday for the opening of the Winter Classic Tournament, it took them only one minute to find the back of the net with junior Dan Glascock at the reception of fellow junior Graham Lindgren’s cross. From the start, the Acalanes men put a lot of pressure on their opponent and quickly added a second goal (8′) by senior Austin DeBack, winner of his 1v1 with the JFK goalkeeper after a nice long feed from sophomore Max Mirner. Four minutes later, Mirner was at the end of senior Aidan Maguire pass to score the 3rd goal. A brilliant shot by Maguire ten minutes later would bring the score to 4-0 (score at the half). The second period was very similar, with the Dons dominating from the go, allowing DeBack to score his second of the game with another assist by Maguire. Two minutes before the end, senior Sina Bagheri added the sixth goal, showing a lot of determination on a nice pass from junior Ben Croze.
Similar scenario on Tuesday vs American (Fremont), with an early goal from DeBack (Mirner assist) but this time the Dons would have to wait for the second half to add the second one. In fact, not one but 3 goals would be scored in a 5′ span to seal the game for Acalanes with goals by senior Bryan Berlier (Mirner assist), DeBack again (Maguire assist) and Mirner (senior Austen Grassiniassist).
A lot of goals to start but also an impeccable defense, led by senior and captain Jacob Carroll and articulated around senior GK Jackson Foote (American game), junior GK Eric Rogstad (JFK game) and senior defenders Kevin Park and Jacob Jernigan. Both games also allowed coach Paul Curtis to rotate and see all his 22 players and gave him a good opportunity to evaluate the potential of the entire team. Next game on Thursday (12/1), 6:30pm vs Antioch at Acalanes. See you there…