By Kyle LoJacono
Logan Siben has spent the majority of his time with the Steinbrenner boys soccer team setting others up to score, but he took matters into his own hands Dec. 21.
The senior midfielder scored a single-game program-record four goals in a 5-1 home victory over Alonso, his first tallies of the season.
“I really didn’t find out until (Dec. 22),” Siben said. “We had a game in the Berkley Prep Tournament, and I talked with my coaches, and we found out that no one else had scored four before. A couple guys have scored three, Austin Labban and Jason Collister, and I actually had three my sophomore year.”
Scott Caputa started the scoring for the Warriors (11-1-3) before Siben began his scoring outburst.
“I have mostly assists,” Siben said. “I assisted on the first goal, and after that coach Ebright just told me to stop pretty much passing and just take it on my own and take my own shot. I took advantage of the opportunities I had.”
The second tally happened a bit by chance. It came off an assist on a 75-yard punt by Noah Keene, who is usually a defender, but was forced into action at goalkeeper.
Siben has a team-high seven assists despite missing several weeks and six games with a badly pulled hamstring suffered against Wiregrass Ranch Nov. 16. He played about 20 minutes against Gaither Dec. 4 before re-injuring his leg.
“It’s really good for my confidence, because I’ve been out for so long with my hamstring injury,” Siben said. “That was actually my first game back. It’s really big for me, and I know the rest of the guys on the team want to break it, so it’s motivation for them too.”
Steinbrenner hosts Wharton Jan. 9 before traveling to Jefferson and Tampa Bay Tech Jan. 11 and 18, respectively. All game start at 8 p.m.