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Oceanside's wait ends on golden goal

03/07/2015, 7:25pm PST
By Ed Wehde • Special to the U-T

Division II: Pirates win first title since 2002, with coach assisted by son on sidelines


Oceanside soccer coach Frank Zimmerman with his son, Frankie.

The Oceanside boys soccer team waited 13 years for a section title, so waiting 10 extra minutes was not a problem.

Junior Eddie Franco’s goal in the 10th minute of the golden goal overtime period lifted the seventh-seeded Pirates over No. 4 Mater Dei Catholic 1-0 in the San Diego Section Division II final at Madison High on Saturday, giving Oceanside its second title but first since 2002.

Oceanside (14-5-7) had subsequently played in two other finals.

“It’s been a long (13) years,” Pirates coach Frank Zimmerman said. “The ’07 and ’08 championships that we lost with my son (Frankie), I was really sad because I really wanted to win one with him. I guess winning one with him on the sidelines as coach really helps redeem that.”

Franco’s game-winner came off junior Diego Garcia’s long free kick into the Crusaders’ penalty area.

“I was following the ball, and I was looking for a rebound,” Franco said. “That’s what I got, and I finished it. I can’t describe the feeling. I just won CIF for my family and my friends. I don’t know what to say.”

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