Piedmont boys soccer beats Tennyson, draws twice

Jack Nelson (center) and William Daniel (left

Piedmont High School’s boys soccer team got a win and two draws as it prepares for a tough final five games of the regular season.

The Highlanders are now 5-2-5 on the year.

“We’re looking pretty strong in terms of not losing many games,” Piedmont coach Todd Sullivan said. “But we are struggling a little bit with goal scoring and output. We should be in decent position in the playoffs if we could keep up the current form, but we are looking at a tough run coming up.”

That run starts on Jan. 30 when a three-match week starts with a home game against Castro Valley. Two days later, the Highlanders host Bishop O’Dowd at Witter Field, and then play at San Leandro on Feb. 3. Piedmont closes the season with Mt. Eden at home on Feb. 7 and then at Castro Valley on Feb. 10.

On Jan. 18, the Highlanders drew at home against Alameda, 1-1. The Hornets scored in the 33rd minute off of a free kick. Myles Gray tied it up in the second half at the 76th minute.

Piedmont beat Tennyson at home on Jan. 20, 3-2. The Highlanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Sam Shelby and Enzo Bernales.

“We were in control of the game, but some sloppy moments caused us not to extend the lead,” Sullivan said.

On Jan. 24, Piedmont drew with visiting Hayward, 1-1. The teams played a scoreless first half. Hayward went up on a goal by Adahyr Arroyo off a corner kick by Rudy Cruz early in the second half. The Highlanders got the equalizer on a goal by Jack Nelson off a pass from Jack Zirkelbach-Ngai.

Piedmont is scheduled to play at Berkeley on Jan. 27.

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