Granite Hills High School boys soccer lost their East Sequoia League home-opener 2-0 to Corcoran Monday.
The Grizzlies (10-2, 0-1 ESL) were down seven starters and were unable to maintain possession of the ball for most of the game.
“There would be a big, big difference if we had those players here,” GHHS head coach Pedro Gonzalez said. “But … we don't play good. The team I have, they don't step it up and they don't play the way I tell them to play so, you know. (Corcoran), give them credit, they don't stop. They're running the whole game, they beat us every single ball. But they deserve it.”
Corcoran (7-5, 1-0 ESL) scored both goals in the second half of the game with one in the 24th minute and the final minute of the game. The Panthers possibly could've had more goals but GHHS goalkeeper Oscar Cruz made two big saves in the 37th minute.
Granite had a chance to score in the 11th minute but Daniel Ruiz's free kick went off the goal post.
“I don't have excuse,” Gonzalez said. “(We're) the whole crew so there's no excuse.”
Coach Gonzalez said the team will likely be down the same seven starters when they host Strathmore (3-6) on Thursday and possibly Lindsay (5-4-2, 0-1 ESL) on Jan. 8.