Nonleague Boys Soccer: United Earns First Win Over W.F. West
By Matt Baide
TOLEDO — United’s Gustavo Barragan and Jonathan VanVleck each had two goals, pushing United past W.F. West 7-1 for United’s first win of the season here in a nonleague boys soccer match on Tuesday night.
After dropping their opening match against R.A. Long on Saturday, United bounced back in a big way against W.F. West.
“What I’ve always learned is, failure is the fastest and quickest way to success. Hey, we lost, people were down, but I said ‘Hey guys, we just got to get organized,’” United coach Horst Malunat said. “That was our first game, we had two weeks to work on it, we learned a lot. These guys are very coachable, which helps, and they listened. We were organized and we worked really hard as a team.”
United got on the board in the 10th minute, as Nicholas Patching scored for a 1-0 lead. In the 21st minute, a poor clear by W.F. West’s defense allowed Barragan to clean up a loose ball in the box for a 2-0 advantage. The Bearcats were called for a penalty in the box at the end of the first half, with United goalkeeper Alan Contreras taking the penalty kick, burying the shot for a 3-0 lead at intermission.
Shortly into the second half, United struck again, with Barragan finding Andreas Malunat for an easy goal and a 4-0 advantage. Barragan added his second goal a few minutes later, receiving a nice pass and beating the W.F. West keeper 1-on-1 for a 5-0 lead. VanVleck scored next on a crazy shot from just outside the box that curled it’s way over the keeper and into the net. VanVleck added another two minutes later to put United up 7-0.
W.F. West got on the board late in the game, as Drew Mann scored on a penalty kick to cap the scoring.
It was the first game of the season for W.F. West, and even with the loss, coach Tino Sanchez isn’t worried about his team.
“I’m excited about it. We were using a lot of players, started out with a different formation and we were trying it and I changed it,” Sanchez said. “They did well and I’m happy with what it is. It’s a 7-1 loss, I’m not disappointed in it at all. I think we’ll learn from it and we’ll go. This is our first game, it is what it is.”
As for United, they have a day off before facing their third straight 2A opponent when they head to Tiger Stadium to face Centralia on Thursday.
“They moved the ball tonight really well with passing, so I’m hoping this carries through and we’ll have a little bit better surface to move the ball on with turf,” Malunat said. “Hopefully, the way we played tonight will play into our strength. When you win, there is some small fine tuning, polishing, but I don’t want to change too much because right now, things are working pretty well.”
W.F. West (0-1) is back on the pitch on Thursday, hosting Tenino in a nonleague match.
Note: Hoquiam defeated Centralia 4-2 in a nonleague soccer match in Centralia on Tuesday. Rochester fell to Orting at home on Tuesday 7-1.