Poway opens season with win over Valley Center

First year Poway head coach Tim Shaeffer notched his first win as a head coach on
Friday night as his Titans overcame a slow start to down the Valley Center Jaguars
at Poway’s home field 13-8.

The game was the first of the season for both teams, and both squads struggled
with turnovers and penalties throughout the first half. Valley Center looked like
the sharper team early and led 4-3 after the first two quarters.

But the game turned for the Titans in the second half as Poway played much more crisply, only committing a single turnover after losing the ball 10 times in the first.

Poway’s scoring got going in the second half as well, as their acclaimed midfield
trio of Eli Butler, Marquez White (Princeton) and Austin Contreras led the way for
the Titans, scoring 9 of their 13 goals. White had a big opening night, leading the
way with five goals, and seniors Butler and Contreras added 2 goals each. The
Titans also got goals from sophomore attackmen Matteo Corona and Roman
Nalder, and seniors Cole Westbrook and Hunter Lutticken also each found the net
to round out the scoring.

Poway was sharp defensively as well, with fully half of the Valley Center goals
being scored on extra man opportunities due to penalties called against the
Titans. Westbrook and juniors Christian Vierra and Brian Campion led the way
causing three turnovers, and White causing four more from his defensive midfield
position. Junior goalie Ben Looges had a strong game as well, recording 10 saves.

Two of the Jaguars midfielders gave strong opening night performances of their
own, with Kamin Davis scoring four goals and Bobby McCuskey adding three
more.

Valley Center falls to 0-1 on the young season and will play next on Monday at
Great Oak High School in Temecula. Poway moves to 1-0 and will try to keep
Coach Shaeffer undefeated in a conference matchup at Del Norte on Tuesday
night.

*Courtesy of Poway athletics

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com