Los Banos soccer team ties Central Catholic

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 20, 2012 

For the first time during Western Athletic Conference play this season, Los Banos walked off its field without a loss.

But the Tigers didn't get the win either in Tuesday's 1-1 tie against Central Catholic.

"This is our second time playing these guys, and after playing them once, we felt we should have had that game, so to not lose it, it was nice," Los Banos coach Wes Wing said. "You can't dress it up or say anything technical about it, it is what it is."

LB's game looked to unravel from the start when Central's Craig Wade scored off a Gustavo Torres pass just 4 minutes into the match.

Los Banos responded by pressing through the rest of the game, and put six shots on target in the first half. The pressure paid off at the end of the first half when assist artist Jose Romo tapped a jump-ball past Central goalkeeper Justin Chavez, and Pedro Robledo slid in to kick the ball in just before Chavez could get to it.

Most of the second half was played on CC's side of the field, but the Raiders broke loose on a few breakaways, putting first-time goalkeeper David Rosales on an island. Rosales responded, using his tall frame to grab jump balls and his long arms to deflect one-on-one shots. Rosales finished with seven blocks.

Rosales didn't even know he would be starting when he showed up that day.

"We're missing our normal goalkeeper for football," Wing said. "We didn't know about it, so we just went in there today and said David, you're playing keeper today. And he stepped up and got it done. He made a big save. He was good in the air, used his height."

But where Rosales really caught his coach's attention was his ball distribution -- long kicks, short throws to open midfielders to get possessions rolling, and even a long shot-put throw that sailed longer than many goalkeepers kick.

"His kick was amazing. The wind picked up at a bad time, but he can drive it," said Wing, a goalkeeper himself. "He hits it almost as far as I can. He's strong. And he throws it -- I don't know how he does it.

"For me, he's our man of the match, just because he had to step in at a hard position."

Near the end of the match, Central had the go-ahead goal on a free kick waved off because of an offside penalty.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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