Starting slow and finishing fast seems to be the way Carson High’s boys soccer team operates.
After shooting blanks in the opening 40 minutes on Wednesday night, the Senators scored four second-half goals at home, three by Cristian Hernandez, to topple Douglas, 4-2.
The win upped Carson’s Sierra League record to 6-2, while Douglas dropped to 1-6-1 (2-6-1 overall).
“We’re a notoriously slow starting team,” said assistant coach Mike Alvarez, who was filling in for head coach Mehdi Samii. “I’m not sure why. We’ve played different people in different positions. It seems like it takes time for us to warm up. In the second half we got on a nice roll.”
Carson outshot Douglas 12-4 in the second half.
The ball was in the Tigers’ defensive end much of the final 40 minutes.
“I’m happy,” Douglas coach Vince Brown said. “We’ve been going through a rough patch. We’ve been only playing half a game, and not in the second half. This is the best we’ve played. We played a whole 80 minutes.”
The Tigers certainly didn’t have an answer for Hernandez, who converted three of his six second-half shots to get his first hat trick since his freshman season.
“People say it’s always going to be an easy game against Douglas but it never is,’ Hernandez said. “It’s always a challenge, but that’s OK because I like challenges.”
Hernandez scored his first on a free kick, his shot just finding the lower left corner.
“I saw that the goalie didn’t set up his wall the right way,” Hernandez said. “He left a little bit of room (to his right).”
After Ryan Galvan had a couple of looks he was unable to convert, Douglas’ Edgar Hernandez beat Gustavo Villagrana, tying the match at 1 in the 60th minute.
That seemed to energize the Senators, who tallied three goals over the next 13 minutes to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
Cristian Hernandez found his bother, Guillermo, with a nice pass and the freshman beat Heinrichs with a shot to the right corner for a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute.
Douglas scored its final game with less than two minutes left, as Andy Lopez slipped one past Villagrana to make it 4-2.