The West High soccer team overcame a 2-0 deficit on Tuesday to secure a 3-2 win at home over the Manteca High Buffaloes.
West coach Nate Perry said that the win, which followed a 3-0 loss on Friday to Millennium High, showed that the Wolf Pack team (1-1 ) wouldn’t be discouraged by early setbacks.
“Every preseason game is a building block and about moving in the right direction,” Perry said. “But for these kids to come from a 2-0 deficit to pull out a 3-2 win is the character they showed.”
Manteca (0-1-1) exploited gaps in the Wolf Pack defense early in the game to set up a goal in the eighth minute and scored again a minute later.
West got on the scoreboard in the 29th minute when senior Victor Telles-Gomez scored on a pass from junior Zachary Costa.
West tied it up in the first minute of the second half when the offense charged the goal and the Manteca goalie deflected a shot. Junior Giovani Esquivel collected the ball and passed to junior Modesto Silvestre, who kicked it in.
Junior Miguel Diaz scored the go-ahead shot in the 68th minute after senior Ivan Terriquez crossed the ball from the left side of the field and into the middle, where sophomore Carlos Plaza took control and passed it up to Diaz.
Diaz said the win would build the team’s morale after Friday’s 3-0 loss to Millennium.
“It’s a huge boost in our confidence,” Diaz said. “We’re playing more as a family and not as individuals.”
Silvestre added that the Wolf Pack — mostly new players — were showing a growing unity as they got into the season.
“This match really helped us communicate better and get used to each other,” Silvestre said. “It’s really a team effort.”
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