After an unexpected tumble at Alameda in West Alameda County Conference play, the Bishop O'Dowd High boys soccer team was looking to get back on track and did so Tuesday night in a conference interleague game.
Christian Pesqueira's goal at 8 minutes was enough to stand up and Ari Fink added an insurance strike in the 67th minute as the host Dragons (2-1-0, 2-1-0 WACC) topped Piedmont 2-0.
"We did some good things out there, but we're still a work in progress," Bishop O'Dowd coach David Barrett said. "It's nice to have the home-turf advantage. If we keep a good home record that should see us through to the playoffs."
The Highlanders (1-2-1, 0-2-1) were ready to play as they pressured Bishop O'Dowd and had good chances, but fell further behind in the Shoreline League race. With six points, the Dragons stay among the leaders in the Foothill League.
Coaching change: James Barnes has been replaced by Chad Sullivan as Arroyo's coach, Arroyo principal Larry Smith confirmed Tuesday.
Smith said Monday that he was looking to hire an on-campus coach. Sullivan, the linebackers coach this season, is a physical education teacher at Arroyo.
"They wanted a coach on campus who could have more interaction with the kids," said Barnes, an off-campus coach who was the Dons coach for three seasons. "I have no ill feelings about Arroyo. It was a great experience. ... I learned a lot from it."
Both Barnes and Smith said the change had nothing to do with the situation involving Arroyo and the North Coast Section football playoffs this season.
The NCS office had not received an application from Arroyo by the stated deadline, said NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon, and the Dons were not considered for the playoffs.
Barnes said he sent the application before the deadline.
"I guess it didn't go through on my end," Barnes said.
Arroyo was 6-4 this season and finished second in the WACC-Shoreline Division with a 4-1 record. Overall, Barnes was 16-15 in his three seasons at Arroyo.
-- Phil Jensen