Anaheim runs past Fullerton
FULLERTON – When Anaheim boys soccer coach Joe Chavez first saw the players on the Colonists’ varsity roster this season walk onto the campus as freshman four years ago, he said he could see that they were the “team of the future,” filled with the promise and potential that could bring more than just an Orange League championship to the school one day.
“They have weathered all it and worked very hard,” Chavez said. “They have been together for a long time.”
And it shows on the field. The Colonists dominated Monday’s nonleague game with host Fullerton, using their speed to sprint past the Indians’ defenders and accurate one-touch passing to move the ball effortlessly into the final third. The result was a 3-0 victory.
Andy Muniz played a role in all of the scoring, knocking in two goals and providing the assist on the other goal.
“He’s eventually going to be the target (of every team). Most kids know about him,” Chavez said. “He’s very capable.”
One minute after his goal gave the Colonists (2-1) a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, he saw Carlos Alvarez making a run into the box, and he dropped a 30-yard pass right onto Alvarez’s foot. One touch later, Anaheim had a two-goal lead.
Muniz made it 3-0 in the 67th minute when Fullerton’s keeper cleared the ball right to Muniz, who nonchalantly flipped the ball over the keeper's head and into the goal.
Fullerton was left with precious few chances to get in the game with its best scoring chance coming in the 10th minute whenYazi Hernandez’s shot from just inside the 18, flew a few inches above the crossbar.
Anaheim, Chavez said, has always had a senior-heavy roster, but never has he had 21 seniors playing for him at the same time like he does this year.
The past couple seasons, Chavez said, the Colonists were loaded with talent, but the senior leadership wasn’t there
“The kids were living on the tails of the great teams in the past,” Chavez said.
But the Colonists, he said, have put in plenty of hard work, beginning with the Sunny Hills Summer League. They made it to the semifinals of the moth-long tournament.
And now, he can see that the Colonists are filled with confidence and playing with purpose.
“This is their moment. This is one of those teams where we are going to be all right,” Chavez said. “It is all coming to fruition for them.”