The Breakers were gifted another home game on Wednesday, as their away game at Trinity was rescheduled due to weather to be played at Breaker Stadium. PG did not disappoint and used their home field advantage to the full extent, burying visiting Trinity Christian by a score of 10-0.
The Breakers dominated from the opening whistle, with their very first possession resulting in a Jake Haney shot that blazed just over the crossbar. The Breakers would find the back of the net just moments later, when Caelum Kim-Sanders slotted a through ball behind Trinity’s backline, allowing right midfielder Zach Goodwin to run onto it and bury the chance with a low shot to the opposite post.
Just two minutes later, Goodwin would score his second goal of the day on a similar play, when central defensive midfielder Nadi Nader led Goodwin into space with a great ball behind Trinity’s defense. Goodwin collected the pass and once again hit a shot low and hard to the opposite side of the goal.
Goodwin would earn his hat trick in the 15th minute after being fouled in the box as he tried to collect a cross out of the air. Goodwin buried the resulting penalty kick in the bottom left corner, allowing the senior to claim the first hat trick by a Pacific Grove player this season.
Fellow senior Nadi Nader would gain his second assist of the night in the 26th minute after setting up central midfielder Eric Santos at the top of the eighteen yard box. Santos calmly controlled the ball before chipping the goalkeeper from distance, bringing PG’s total to four in under half an hour.
PG nearly added a fifth in the 39th minute after a cross into the box fell to freshman Bogdan Grots, who tapped the ball past the goalkeeper. However, the goal was ruled offsides, and the Breakers had to settle for just a four goal lead at the break.
Head Coach Nicholas Lackey decided to start the first twenty minutes of the second half with his seniors on the bench, in order to test out next year’s possible team. The readjusted team took a few minutes to find their stride, but eventually managed to score PG’s fifth in the 43rd minute when a corner from freshman Robertson Rice fell to junior Jackson Schoolmeester, who took a touch before calmly tapping the ball into the net.
The Breakers would score again eight minutes later, when the sophomore duo of Jake Haney and Caelum Kim-Sanders connected in a move very similar to the one that led to the Breakers game-winning goal against Pacific Collegiate just two days prior. The goal was Haney’s fourth of the season, as well as Kim-Sanders’ fifth assist of the year and his second of the game.
Caelum Kim-Sanders would complete his hat trick of assists when in the 60th minute he dribbled past the Trinity defense and found space along the right side of the eighteen year box. Kim-Sanders flashed the ball across the face of goal to freshman Sergi Rodas-Mendoza, who finished the cross first touch.
In the 66th minute, seniors Nadi Nader and Zach Goodwin connected for goal number eight. Goodwin’s corner kick found Nader, who took a touch to open up space before blasting the shot past the goalkeeper for a well deserved goal. The goal finished off an impressive performance for Nader, who had recorded two assists in the first half.
Center back Myles Kerchner would get in on the action in the 70th minute when a one-two with midfielder Eric Santos played Kerchner into space. The captain then used his pace to blast past Trinity’s defenders and find himself one on one with the goalkeeper. Kerchner calmly finished the chance for his first goal of the season.
Pacific Grove would finish off the day with a tenth goal in the 77th minute, when Zach Goodwin received a pass from Lucas Melac and charged down the right wing. Upon reaching the endline, Goodwin played a negative ball into space to freshman left back Parker McAnally, who made no mistake, scoring his first goal of the season. Goodwin would finish the game with three goals and two assists.
Next up for the Breakers is a rivalry match against the Carmel Padres on Saturday, February 11th, 1:00 pm at Carmel High School.