Mission High’s men’s varsity soccer team won its third preseason game on Monday evening, scoring an impressive 6-1 victory over International High School. The win put the Mission Bears’ preseason record at two wins and one loss.
Mission, led by head coach Scott Kennedy, dominated most of the first half and led International 4-zip by its end. William Salvador and Eber Alex Sandoval each scored one of those goals, while Marco Caballero scored two.
The Bears came out growling in the second half and scored two impressive goals from Walter Sevillano and another from Caballero. After the sixth goal, Coach Kennedy told his players to work on ball handling.
International was able to score a goal by #6, Alex Laurena, in the last moments of the game after a lack of defense from the Bears.
After the game, Caballero who plays center-mid and striker, commented, “It was not hard enough, but it was practice for the season.”
Throughout the match, International appeared to have difficulty controlling and passing on the Bears’ home field, due to high winds. Coach Kennedy said the wind was not a factor in the game.
Mission’s first regular-season home opener will be Sept. 11 against Balboa. The Bears have not been champions since 2005, but Lopes said this year the team is “hoping to make the playoff and take it all.”