Winlock Sophomore Fernando Munoz (#6) goes for a "header" against a Seton Catholic opponent during Wednesday's Toledo/Winlock 3-1 victory over the Cougars.
The Toledo/Winlock Soccer is off to an excellent start in their first week of the new season with three league victories and an impressive showing at a jamboree in Naches.
The first game of the season was physical 3-2 win over Woodland on the Beavers home field. Julian Sanchez scored in the 13th minute from an assist by Jacob Andrews. Later in the game, Adair Garibay completed an assist to Fernando Muñoz, but there was more to come.
Woodland came back to tie the game before United took the 3-2 victory in the sudden death PK.
On Wednesday evening, Fernando Munoz wasted no time scoring the first goal of the game against defending league champion Seton Catholic. After the Cougars came back to tie the game at one, Adair Garibay scored on an assist from Zack Debo early in the second half. Munoz put the game on ice with a goal in the 70th minute with an assist from Garibay who took the ball all the way to the base line on the left side of the goal and fed the ball back to Munoz.
The victory over Seton Catholic was particularly pleasurable for T/W Head Coach Horst Malnaut.
"Last year they smoked us," said the coach. "We gave up seven goals in two games last year. We gave up one goal on a mistake [in this game],"
United is young with just a couple of juniors and seniors.
"I have a lot of freshman and sophomores in my line-up," commented Malnaut. "We are real young. We will continue to get better."
One of those seniors is in a very key role. The coach is content with the progress new goal keeper Elias Del Campo.
"I am really happy with Elias," said Malnaut. "He doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He allowed just one goal against Seton Catholic but the coach reasoned that it wasn't really Del Campo's fault. In that goal, we left a guy open and they scored. That is really more of a defensive positioning mistake. I am really happy with where he has come and where he is going. I have told him that you need to believe in yourself and then the rest of the team will [believe in you too]."
On Saturday, United came from behind on the alien field turf in Vancouver for a 2-1 victory over King's Way Christian.
The Knights opened the scoring in the 18th minute before United responded with goals from Adair Garibay in the 50th and Brian Cruz on an assist from Raul Plancarte in the 68th minute.
There are still a lot of games to be played, but there is excitement for this particular soccer season as the talent on the field becomes a year older and more experienced.
"I am really proud," said Malnaut. "Right now we are in first place."
Toledo/Winlock's Adair Gariabay (left), Zack Debo (middle) and Brian Cruz (right) celebrate United's second goal against Seton Catholic on Wednesday night.