Five Grant High starters sat out a Valley Pac-8 Conference soccer game against Poly on Wednesday, but no matter--a lineup filled with reserves rolled over the Parrots, 5-1.
Grant (3-2-1, 2-1-1) punished Poly with four second-half goals, including three by sophomore Carlos Lemus, to break open what had been a close game.
First-year Grant Coach Frank Ortiz, whose squad includes 12 sophomores, benched the five starters because of poor attendance during holiday workouts.
The Lancers, who started the season slowly, apparently got the message.
"That was the intention, to let them know--no practice, no play," Ortiz said. "I think overall the kids are used to being pampered. A lot of these kids never had any formal coaching."