Toste comes up big as St. John Bosco wins

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He doesn’t have the size or speed of his favorite player Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portugese standout with Manchester United. But Roberto Toste, a 5-foot-5 midfielder, certainly has some skill. Toste, an American-born Portugese, scored two goals to give the St. John Bosco High boys soccer team a 2-1 win over visiting Mater Dei in a Serra League match on Wednesday. “It was intense. We scored the first goal in the first half and kept strong,” Toste said. “Then we scored the second goal in the second half and let up after the second, but our defense pulled through.” Toste almost had a third goal when the Mater Dei goalie came out of the box for a clearout, leaving an empty net. The ball was kicked to the midfield and picked up by Toste, who booted the ball from 40 yards out, but it was saved by the goalie at the last second. “He’s so small, but so good on the ball,” said teammate Eder Robles. “He’s a good player. I like the way he plays. He’s one of the best midfielders I played with in a while.” Daniel Frias can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1338. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Toste dropped the first score of the game midway through the half, putting away a pass from teammate Chris Bredeson right in front of the net. “Roberto is the man,” said team co-captain Bredeson. “He’s small, but it doesn’t matter. He’s got heart. He scored both our goals. He’s just a playmaker. He plays the ball where we need it to be played. He doesn’t make stupid mistakes. He’s a smart player. The smartest player on the field.” Toste scored his second goal shortly after halftime. He was standing outside the box when he tucked a pass from teammate Tito Mejia into the right corner for a 2-0 lead. “That was a huge goal,” said Bosco coach Paul Kaminski. “This is his first year on varsity and size for size he hasn’t been outplayed in the midfield. He’s playing with so much heart and he’s got some magic too. He’s a gifted and talented player.” After Bosco (12-2-1) scored its second goal, Mater Dei (11-6-2) countered with a quick one of its own. The Monarchs tried to find another and came close with a shot that hit the crossbar. last_img