Briseno brothers boost Saints past Panthers

Pedro, Cesar Briseno notch three goals each in victory

JARED MACDONALD
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St. Patrick coach Michael Parsons was unable to attend the Saints’ second game of the season on Thursday.

So Pedro Briseno delivered his team’s pregame speech.

Then the senior captain went out and scored three goals in the first 13 minutes, before his brother, Cesar Briseno, added three more on the way to an 8-2 victory over Fleming County.

“I just told them to go out there fearless, we’ve got to play our game and we’ve got to play as a unit, because last game we were just a little bit out of control,” said Pedro Briseno. “We were excited, but I told them to stay controlled this time, keep your patience and that’s exactly what we went out there and did. We played our game.”

After just missing on an opportunity off a corner in the opening minute of the game, Pedro Briseno was able to capture his first goal of the night and second of the season.

He followed it up about nine minutes later to give the Saints a 2-0 advantage when he got hold of a bouncing ball exiting the box, cut around his defender and put a shot with his left foot into the bottom corner of the goal.

His third, coming in the 13th minute, came on a penalty kick he placed in the bottom right hand corner of the net – the same spot as his last goal – after a Fleming County hand ball in the box.

“I was very hungry,” said Pedro Briseno. “Last season I only had four goals and I was just upset. I can do more up top, so I worked my game all summer long and just said, ‘I’m going to improve and I’m going to show out this year.’”

Less than five minutes later, Alain Lopez – looking for his first varsity goal – put a shot off the fingertips of Fleming County keeper Michael Allex and the crossbar that went out for a St. Patrick corner kick. It was the younger Briseno brother connecting on the set piece to give the Saints a 4-0 advantage.

“We’re just going to have to practice, we’re going to have to go back to work and try to figure some things out. Clearly it shouldn’t be like this with this team. I have entirely too much talent for things to be this way,” said Fleming County coach Danny Stunson.

“St. Pat has two excellent players and we failed to shut those guys down,” added Stunson. “If we would have shut those guys down earlier, perhaps the game would have been different.”

Fleming County got a goal back on a long-range shot from Hunter Hicks, but Cesar Briseno added the Saints’ fifth goal of the night when he placed a shot off his head on a corner initially played short.

“We had a few practices with some plays and we put them into play this game and I think it kind of worked out with all of the communication that we had during the game,” said St. Patrick assistant coach Nacho Reyes, who was filling in for Parsons.

Halftime also came with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung to Reyes by the team, before they eventually celebrated with the victory.

“This is definitely more special,” said Reyes.

Lopez was able to score his first varsity goal five minutes into the second half. Cesar Briseno chipped a ball over the Fleming County defense and after one bounce Lopez put it in the back of the net, making it 6-1.

In the 50th minute, Marvin Koch got his third goal of the season on a rebound after Allex initially made a save on a shot from Lopez.

Not to be outdone by his older brother, Cesar Briseno added his third goal of the night to put St. Patrick ahead, 8-1. After cutting the ball to his left, the sophomore fired a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.

“I’m always trying to be in a competition with him [Pedro], but I’m trying to play my heart out with his last season,” said Cesar Briseno. “I’m just trying to play as a team, try to play together and I was just trying to play my game tonight.”

With reserves in, Fleming County was able to put some pressure on late and add a goal straight from the foot of Elian Gonzales on a corner kick.

“We put our second string in with 25 minutes to go and they’re all hungry,” said Stunson. “They’re a bunch of young guys and they’re really, really hungry, so maybe that’s what we have to look forward to, but now I’ve got to get some of my older kids to kind of take the reins of the team.”

Fleming County falls to 1-3-0 with the loss. The Panthers are scheduled to travel to Ashland Blazer on Saturday for a 12 p.m. game.

St. Patrick improves to 1-0-1 and will travel to Ripley (OH) for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday.

LADY PANTHERS 6, LADY SAINTS 2

The Fleming County girls’ soccer team scored four unanswered goals to come away with a 6-2 victory over St. Patrick on Thursday.

After Libby Gallenstein tied the game, 2-2, in the second half, Alexa Dials collected her third goal of the night to give the Lady Panthers a lead they wouldn’t give up. Samantha Stamm scored off a throw in to make it a two-goal lead, before Haylee Applegate added the final two for Fleming County.

The Lady Panthers move to 2-1-1 after victories against Mason County and St. Patrick on back-to-back nights. They’re scheduled to host Carroll County at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

St. Patrick falls to 0-2-1 with the loss and will travel to Ripley (OH) for a 6:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.

SAINTS 8, PANTHERS 2

FLEMING COUNTY —-5-3—-8

ST. PATRICK —-1-1—-2

Goals: (SP) P. Briseno 2nd minute, (SP) P. Briseno 11th minute, (SP) P. Briseno 13th, (SP) C. Briseno 17th minute, (FC) Hicks 27th minute, (SP) C. Briseno 40th minute, (SP) Lopez 45th minute, (SP) Koch 50th minute, (SP) C. Briseno 60th minute, (FC) Gonzales 64th minute

Shots (On goal): Fleming County 14 (7), St. Patrick 25 (15)

Corners: Fleming County 3, St. Patrick 9

Saves: Fleming County (Allex) 7, St. Patrick (Poczatek) 5

Records: Fleming County 1-3-0, St. Patrick 1-0-1

St. Patrick’s Paco Franco (10) controls possession while Fleming County’s Ethan Purvis (15) defends, Thursday, at Wald Park. The Saints put on an offensive display in an 8-2 win over the Panthers.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Paco-3.jpgSt. Patrick’s Paco Franco (10) controls possession while Fleming County’s Ethan Purvis (15) defends, Thursday, at Wald Park. The Saints put on an offensive display in an 8-2 win over the Panthers. Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent

St. Patrick’s Libby Gallenstein (green) dribbles down the field while Fleming County’s Alex Dials (white) pursues. The Lady Panthers topped the Lady Saints, 6-2.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Gallenstein-2.jpgSt. Patrick’s Libby Gallenstein (green) dribbles down the field while Fleming County’s Alex Dials (white) pursues. The Lady Panthers topped the Lady Saints, 6-2. Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent