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Locals on display at Hart tourney

Hart advances to tournament championship

Posted: December 28, 2013 10:54 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2013 10:54 p.m.

Golden Valley's Francisco Perez (10) drives toward the goal against Dos Pueblos defender Jon Sigurdson (16) at Hart High on Saturday.

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The promising start to the season for Golden Valley boys soccer took a wrong turn on Saturday, but there are still encouraging signs for this up-and-coming team.

In the second day of the Hart Soccer Showcase, Golden Valley lost 3-0 to Dos Pueblos and followed with a 1-0 setback to Valencia in a non-league contest at Hart High School.

That concludes the tournament for Golden Valley (5-6-2), which was one of five local boys soccer teams in action at the Showcase.

“I think today was one of the most frustrating days in my coaching career in soccer,” said first-year Golden Valley head coach Juan Paolo, whose team went 1-3 for the tournament.

Paolo said his team outshot Valencia 28-4 in the game, but a late goal scored from 40 yards out gave the victory to the defending league champion Valencia Vikings.

Many of Golden Valley’s opportunities were generated by impressive sophomore and captain Francisco Perez.

“Right now we’re having trouble finishing,” Paolo said. “It’s hard.”

Valencia’s win over Golden Valley was its only victory of the tournament after the Vikings (3-2-2) lost both of their games on Friday.

Earlier on Saturday, Valencia played to a 0-0 tie with Granada Hills.

Of the five local teams, the Hart Indians are the only one that made it out of Saturday and into Monday’s championship game at 1 p.m.

Hart is the only team among 16 in the tournament to hold a 4-0 record with two wins on Friday combined with a 5-3 win over Van Nuys and a 2-1 win over Pete Knight High on Saturday.

The Indians (6-1-2) will face Crescenta Valley, ranked fourth in CIF-Southern Section Division III.

“I think we’re playing good defense,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “We have a very strong defensive core and we’re playing good soccer at this point. We’re knocking the ball well and we’re defending well.”

In Hart’s win over Van Nuys, Derek Waldeck scored two goals and assisted another one scored by his brother Riley Waldeck.

Brayon Rodriguez and Michael Valencia also added goals for Hart.

In the semifinal game against Knight, Anthony Salvadori scored on a header and Brayon Rodriguez added a goal on a penalty kick.

Monday will mark Hart’s third straight appearance in the championship game of this tournament, which it won the last two times.

Other locals in action included the Saugus Centurions and the Canyon Cowboys.

After Saugus lost its tournament opener to Hart on Friday, the Centurions (7-5-0) recovered nicely to win its last three games.

On Saturday, the Centurions beat Centennial 5-0 and beat Cleveland 1-0.

Liam Sikich recorded four total goal on the day, three against Centennial and the lone goal against Cleveland.

Trevor Mangan and Brayan Velazquez each scored against Centennial.

Defensively, the Centurions were led by centerback Colin Maher and goalkeeper Noah Maynard.

Canyon tied Knight 1-1 and beat Van Nuys 1-0 to finish the tournament 2-1-1 and move to an overall record of 4-4-3.

Elmer Aranda scored Canyon’s goal against Knight and Aram Kazarian knocked in the game winner against Van Nuys.

“Overall, we’re looking good for the season,” said Canyon head coach Lou Aguilera. “I think we’re going to be very competitive.”

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