The Mariner Tritons opened the boys' soccer season Monday night with a 2-1 victory over Sarasota at Tony McKenna Field.
Lucal Orellana scored both goals for the Tritons, including the tie-breaking and game-winning penalty kick score in the second half. Justin Kuchle assisted on Orellana's first-half goal, before Sarasota tied the game late in the opening half.
Goalkeeper Alex Trujillo made two saves throughout, preserving the victory for the Tritons (1-0), who visit city rival Ida Baker Tuesday night.
"We had limited opportunities," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas. "A defender came out on Orellana at the top of the 18-yard box to force the penalty kick in the second half. We played great defense all night."
Cardenas singled out defenders Isaias Velasquez, Kuchle, Glen Garron and Jomar Rescrepo as well as midfielder Josh Teeter with stopping the Sailors' scoring chances.