By Arnie Leshin
Desert Academy boy’s soccer was ready for number 14, senior Andrea Fronquelli, this time.
“The first time we played Moreno Valley up at Angel Fire, we were cruising along,” said Wildcats’ head coach Rob Lochner, “but this Andrea guy scored three times for them and it ended in a 4-4 tie after a pair of overtimes.”
Monday afternoon at its Alto Park pitch, Desert Academy outscored the visiting Timberwolves, 6-1, and Fronquelli didn’t make a single goal in the District 1-3A match after having a team-leading eight for the season.
“Yeah,” Lochner said, “this time we knew about him and kept a close watch on him. This was our first district win and we played well.”
It was a well-balanced lineup for the Wildcats, with senior midfielder Sebastian Pearson-Kramer and freshman midfielder Cyrus Curtis putting in a pair of goals each. Juniors Milan Brkie and Adam Abusang added a goal apiece and junior goalkeeper Ryan Harvey was credited with the triumph.
Desert Academy scored twice in the first half and six times in the second, while Moreno Valley tallied its lone goal after being down 6-0.
The Wildcats return to the pitch Thursday versus unbeaten Tierra Encantada. They are now 5-8-1 overall and 1-4 in district.
There was also a girl’s match Monday afternoon, with Academy of Technology and The Classics turning in a 4-0 win at West Las Vegas in non-district play. It advanced the Phoenix to 7-4 overall and was the second time it defeated the winless Dons.
Sophomore Maggie Rittmeyer scored twice and added an assist. Sophomore Estranda Perez, who scored three times in the previous 6-2 win, had one this time. So did freshman Kimberly Garcia, and freshman Amber Garcia turned in an assist.
Sophomores Madison Northup and Maya Wright took care of the goalkeeping, Northup making two saves and Wright four.