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Open Division: Carlsbad hoists big trophy

03/07/2014, 11:08pm PST
By Glae Thien, Special to the U-T

Freshman's goal helps Lancers win first title after runner-up finish last season

Carlsbad’s Andrew Forth celebrates winning goal.

Carlsbad freshman Andrew Forth wasn’t sure that he would even make the varsity this season. He ended up scoring the winning goal for the Lancers’ first San Diego Section boys soccer championship.

Forth converted off a rebound in the second half to complete a comeback on Friday night as second-seeded Carlsbad beat Torrey Pines 2-1 in the Open Division final at Mesa College

“I was so excited,” said Forth, who recorded his third goal of the season, 19 minutes into the second half. “The first thing that came to my mind was that I wanted to thank my teammates. We made history. I’m happy for the team and for the seniors to go out with a great one.”

The decisive goal came five minutes after Emilio Bunnell recorded a tying score off a corner kick by Trevor Davis.

Carlsbad (20-4-3) faced a 1-0 halftime deficit before prevailing in its second straight finals appearance.

“Second half, we said, ‘Don’t worry about anything else. For 40 minutes, let it all hang out,’ ” said Lancers goalkeeper Matt Deemer, a fourth-year starter, who made five saves. “Once we got the first (goal), I knew the second one was coming. When it went in, it was amazing.”

No. 5 Torrey Pines (12-8-7) opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Asher Booth raced down the left sideline and then connected on a close-range crossing shot for his ninth goal of the season.

In a bizarre finish, the Falcons lost their starting goalkeeper to a red card and then his replacement momentarily with a yellow card over the last 18 minutes with added time. Yet they escaped further harm.

Earlier, Deemer made a lunging save two minutes before halftime to keep the Lancers close.

“Over four years, it took a lot of work,” noted Deemer. “I said we’d find a way back here and we did.”

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