Mission High Defeats International Studies Academy

Cristian Cortes kicks a corner kick in the first half. Cortes plays half back against ISA

Mission High boys soccer prepared for a tough cross-town rivalry against John O’Connell this Thursday as they had fun defeating International Studies Academy at home 6-1.

For a third of the first half the Bears took no shots towards the goal and only passed to each other while toying with the less skilled International Studies Academy team.

ISA scored first in the 12th minute if the game. At the 15-minute mark, Mission Bears head coach Scott Kennedy told his team “We can go now.” The Bears pace changed on attack and by the half the Bears were up 2-1 with goals from Irvin Herrera and William Salvador.

The Bears dominated ISA in the second half with brilliant ball passing and goals from Christian Cortes, Victor Sanchez, and Miles Dittman and a second goal from Salvador. Captain Marco Caballero also had two assists.

Bears assistant coach Wilson Jimenez said the strategy used in the earlier first half by Kennedy was “to get ready for the playoff’s and the championship game” and “to warm up on the field and get know the other teams weaknesses.”

The Bears next game is against their cross town neighbor John O’Connell on Oct. 11 under the lights at Kezar Stadium, 7 p.m.

“They got good players, we got good players and both teams are here in the heart of the Mission and it is always a good match,” said Jimenez. “I know for a fact they are going to play strong.”

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