High School soccer has got well and truly under way in San Antonio with a number of local match-ups taking place on Tuesday. By far the best viewing was at the Northside complex as Taft and Brandeis fought out a thrilling 4-4 draw.
For much of the match it seemed like Brandeis would take the win as they shot out to an early two goal lead in the first half. But whatever was said by the Taft coach at half-time obviously worked as they powered back, scoring four goals in the second half to salvage a draw after the two teams couldn’t score in extra time.
The star of that come back was Jeremy Desmet the Taft junior midfielder who was vital in the center of the park. Desmet played as an attacking midfielder and assisted on two of those four goals, providing a vital contribution.
The first half was all Brandeis with a dominant display putting them two goals up by half-time thanks to some good finishing. Jesus Valenzuela and Arturo Ortiz were the goal scorers as Brandeis went to the break confident of managing a win.
But out of the break Taft lit up, as half-time changed them and they scored the goals to pull back in to the match. Desmet provided an assist to Marlon Flores before Flores turned provider to set up Manolo Zerrweck.
The Taft offense peppered the Brandeis goal with opportunities throughout the second half and that paid off as they scored twice more. Zerrweck providing an assist for the goal from Ethan Bryant before a late own goal.
In the mean time Brandeis was able to score two goals in the second half with Sebastian Mendoza and Aaron Razzo both scoring. The two teams were deadlocked and forced to play golden goal extra time but they still couldn’t be separated with both teams having to settle for the draw.