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Boys win big in opener

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017

Nicholas Mattson/Paso Robles Press Paso Robles High Schol junior tracks down the ball against Mission Prep in the 2015-16 season.

Bearcats seek to upset in PAC 8 League

PASO ROBLES — In dominating fashion, the Paso Robles High School varsity boys soccer team dispensed with the visiting St. Joseph Knights on Tuesday in the PAC 8 League opener at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles.

Shutting out the Knights entirely, the Bearcats popped four goals in the first half, and stacked on another two in the second half.

PRHS junior Benjamin Permenko was a large part of the domination, scoring twice, and adding an assist.

The Bearcats made four assists on the six goals. Also scoring were senior Leo Anaya, and sophomores Aiden Kerr, Myles Monge, and Sergio Torres.

PRHS head coach Omar McPherson split time between senior goalkeeper Alexander Aceves and junior Victor Rodriguez. Each made multiple saves and defended for the shutout.

Taking down St. Joseph is not a feather in the Bearcats’ cap, but it is a great way to start the regular season.

The team lineup may change from game to game from here, depending on a number of factors. McPherson stressed punctuality at practice, working hard and competing, being a team player, following instructions, and playing the needed role as being some of the top priorities for those making a start for the Bearcats.

Of the 25 players on the team, 13 are returning for multiple years on varsity. Both goalkeepers entered with varsity experience, and a majority of defenders and midfielders are returners for McPherson.

As with any team, especially in the winter, health is an issue. The Bearcats were suffering from being under the weather or injured, but McPherson said they were coming back just in time for league.

Each player on McPherson’s team plays a unique role in the overall formation of the team success.

“The team and coaches expects each player to be an impact player based on their role on our team,” McPherson said. “If each player does what we ask of them, we will have a great season, one to remember for the ages, but we have to put the work in on the pitch.”

McPherson was not hesitant to affirm his belief that this current Bearcats’ team could take the league title.

“One of our goals is to win PAC 8,” McPherson said, “and we think this is a realistic outlook for the season.”

In order to accomplish that for the Bearcats, McPherson said one thing will matter most.

“Work hard for the team and play your role for the team,” McPherson said.

The team (1-0 PAC 8, 7-2-2 overall) takes the field against the defending champion San Luis Obispo Tigers tonight at home at Barney Schwartz Park at 6 p.m.

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