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W.R. boys soccer shuts out Hart

Eddie Montes scores winning goal in final minutes

Posted: January 14, 2014 9:21 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2014 9:21 p.m.

West Ranch's Rhys Weatley, right, battles Hart's Riley Waldeck, left, for the ball during Tuesday's game at West Ranch.

 

Thanks to the relentless attack of West Ranch boys soccer, a boat load of close calls turned into a victory in the Foothill League opener.

West Ranch Wildcats senior midfielder Eddie Montes picked a good time to score his first goal of the season, with three minutes left in the game, and it proved to be difference in his team’s 1-0 win over the Hart Indians on Tuesday at West Ranch High School.

“Not giving up,” Montes said on how the Wildcats scored. “You go hard to every ball. The way we got that goal was going non-stop.”

For the third year in a row, Hart (6-4-2 overall, 0-1-0 Foothill League) came into league play looking like a favorite to win a title, only to fall to West Ranch in the opener.

For West Ranch (3-6-2, 1-0-0), the win serves as a strong statement for a team with a new head coach and coming off an inconsistent stretch of preleague play.

Does this game suddenly make West Ranch a strong contender in league?

“Not yet,” said first-year Wildcats head coach Fausto Arana. “I think we just want to make sure to go game to game.”

On Tuesday, it was a battle of two teams that appeared evenly matched. Both had plenty of quality looks at the goals and a fair share of one-on-one breakaways.

Only one breakaway resulted in a goal though, and it came in the final minutes of a game that seemed destined to end in a scoreless tie.

The ball bounced toward Hart goalkeeper Christian Arriaga, where fellow Hart player Nicholas Tamashiro and Montes all converged at the same spot as the ball arrived.

Somehow, it squirted out behind both Hart players and right in front of the net, where Montes emphatically slammed home the easy score.

On Hart’s end, it was sophomore Andrew Nielsen and Brayon Rodriguez who had multiple shots on goal. Neither one could get it by the rock-solid Wildcats goalkeeper Nic Wolthers, who was recently called up from junior varsity.

“You’ve got to finish those,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel.

The Indians were playing without injured midfielder Derek Waldeck and most of the game without leading scorer Tad Hawthorne, who was hurt early in Tuesday’s game.

“I think the guys will fight back,” Jovel said. “I think we have enough to fight back.”

Saugus 1, Valencia 0
Aaron Winsick scored the lone goal of the contest for Saugus, which won its Foothill League opener against Valencia.

Golden Valley 1, Canyon 1
After falling down a goal late in the first half, Golden Valley evened the score at 1-1 halfway through the second half. Scoring for the Grizzlies was Billy Torres, who was set up by teammate Michael Richardson.

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