Fimbel, Titans soccer dismantle Kingsville
Jan. 19, 2012 at 2:01 a.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.
Any conversation with Cole Fimbel about soccer will almost certainly include the phrase "150 percent."
The Victoria East senior believes that is the effort required for his team to be successful and takes that approach into every dribble, pass, tackle and shot.
Fimbel scored twice Wednesday night to lift the Titans to a 4-0 victory over visiting Kingsville. There were chances for a third, but the captain was more concerned with helping East improve to 5-0-0 on the young season.
"I let it come to me. It's a team sport," Fimbel said. "I don't try to go out and boost my stats by any means. If anything, I want to boost my teammates' stats and make them look good. It's not about me, it's about the team."
Joel Gonzales scored the opening goal in the 19th minute when he weaved through three Brahma defenders before his deflected shot bounced past the Kingsville goalie.
From there, East was off and running.
Despite clutching his hamstring after one dizzying run with 14 minutes left in the first half, Fimbel did not let that stop him from terrorizing his opponents with his direct running and skill.
Eight minutes from halftime, Fimbel slalomed through the left side of Kingsville's defense, like Gonzales did 10 minutes before. Tadeo Bracho was on the right wing asking for the ball, but the ease with which Fimbel dribbled through the Brahmas defense provided him a better opportunity.
Just before falling to the turf, Fimbel sprayed his right-footed shot toward the far post to double the Titans' advantage.
"I noticed they gave me a lot of space and time to dribble, they weren't convening on me," Fimbel said. "I like it when you give me space and time. If you give me space and time, I will take advantage of it, and I will put pressure on you to make you make the first move. After that, who knows what's going to happen."
Thus far, it's been only good things for East.
Fimbel was the tournament MVP of the Alice Soccer Kickoff Classic last weekend. He was one of five Titans to make the All-Tournament team including goalie Ricky Stratmann, midfielder Casey Brown, defender Eric Mansker and Gonzales.
Head coach Tim Eaton said Wednesday's win was not the smoothest, nor did his team win as many 50-50 balls as he would have liked. Nevertheless, the coach was proud of his team for fighting and keeping together against the Brahmas.
Eaton said Gonzales' goal got things going for the Titans. The combination of Fimbel, Gonzales, Brown and Dylan Staff and Fimbel's brother Wyatt give the Titans flexibility in the midfield.
"He's a team player, but he's on the ball so much," Eaton said about the older Fimbel. "His mind works so fast. His analysis of what is going to happen is amazing. He has a mind for the game. It's like he sees the picture before it' made."
Juan Chavarria added the fourth goal 15 minutes into the second half of a game that East controlled after the two first half strikes. East had 10 shots on goal and 26 overall.
The Kingsville goalkeeper made a fantastic save five minutes into the second half on a Cole Fimbel free kick heading for the top corner of the far post to keep the game relatively close. Meanwhile, Stratmann didn't have to do too much to record his third shutout of the season. Stratmann's only save was a tame shot directly at his chest with 13 minutes remaining.
"He's been one of our top scorers," Stratmann said about Fimbel. "He can pretty much do anything on the field. He makes great passes, he can take on the defense and he finishes."
However, like his captain Stratmann said the wins have been a team effort. He said the five wins, and 14-2 aggregate score, are because Fimbel and others in the midfield are tracking back to assist defensively before venomously springing forward.
Victoria West 3, Flour Bluff 2
Anhila Rocha scored three first half goals to propel Victoria West to a 3-2 upset of Flour Bluff Tuesday evening at Memorial Stadium. It was the second time in four games this season Rocha, a freshman, has scored a hat trick.
Once again, Rocha, who is typically a midfielder, played forward for the Warriors (3-0-1). The game was not as close as the score indicated as the Lady Hornets used a Laura Flores goal with 18 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to a goal.
"They are a pretty good team and they created chances," Flour Bluff coach Mario Lopez. "I think we could have avoided them, but give them credit. They took their chances."
Lopez felt his team did not have the same intensity as West and told them as much at halftime. In the second 40 minutes his Lady Hornets played better and used a Caroline Cutbirth goal to get on the scoreboard. However, it was not enough to pull out a victory in their first game of the season.
Beeville 3- Victoria East 1
Rachel Mansker scored her third goal of the season, but it was not enough for Victoria East on Tuesday evening. Beeville responded with three goals, following Mansker's opener in the 26th minute to win 3-1.
After falling to 2-2 on the season, the Titans will not take the field again until Friday when they face Shertz Clemmons in the Cibolo Tournament.