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The day after in Foothill soccer

Posted: January 15, 2014 10:05 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2014 10:05 p.m.

Valencia sophomore Alyson Spencer, right, fights for position in front of the ball with Saugus junior Avery Schulhofer on Tuesday at Valencia High School.

After one day of Foothill League boys and girls soccer action, it’s completely clear that nothing is clear.

After beating Valencia 1-0 on Tuesday behind a goal from junior Aaron Winsick, the Saugus Centurions boys announced themselves to the rest of the league in dynamic fashion.

“With league starting anything can happen,” said Saugus head coach Seth Groller. “Very important game, obviously, starting off against the league champions. It’s a huge win. We knew coming in we were facing one of the top teams in the league. We figure if they were league champs, then a win like that for us says a lot about our potential.”

For Saugus (8-6 overall, 1-0 Foothill League), the win is relieving from a strategic standpoint.

Entering Friday’s road contest against Hart is probably a lot easier when you aren’t 0-1 with a home loss already to begin the league season.

Next up for the Vikings (3-3-2, 0-1) is Golden Valley, which tied with Canyon 1-1 on Tuesday at Canyon.

The Grizzlies (6-6-3, 0-0-1) fell down by a goal when Canyon’s Chris Ortiz scored late in the first half, but evened the score early in the second half when Billy Torres scored for the Grizzlies off an assist from Michael Richardson.

Canyon (3-3-4, 0-0-1) takes on Valencia at Valencia on Friday in a matchup where either: one team finishes the first week of Foothill play with a league win under its belt, one team finishes the first week without a league win, one team finishes the first week of league play with an 0-2 mark, or both teams draw and further prolong the quest for their first important ‘W’,

Lastly, West Ranch joined Saugus in the winner’s circle on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Hart.

The Wildcats have defeated Hart (6-4-2, 0-1) three straight times in league openers.

The game’s lone goal came with three minutes remaining in the contest, when Wildcats senior midfielder Eddie Montes found the back of the net to deliver West Ranch (4-5-1, 1-0) the victory.

Next up for the Wildcats is another home contest against Canyon on Friday.

Worth noting were the low scores on Tuesday, as only four goals were scored in boys’ three games.

The Indians girls fared better than their male counterparts, downing West Ranch 5-1 on Tuesday.

The victory was an illustration of Hart’s depth, with Indians Laura Flores, Kassandra Matthews, Laura Sega, Destinney Duron all scoring goals. Hart (8-5-1, 1-0) visits Saugus on Friday.

Scoring for West Ranch was Nicolette Marinello, who evened the score at 1-1 with a penalty kick before Hart jumped out and didn’t look back.

For the Wildcats (7-4-4, 0-1), the going only gets tougher from here, as they head to Canyon.

There they will face a Cowboys team that is coming off a convincing 5-0 win over Golden Valley in its Foothill opener. Canyon (9-4-2, 1-0) is playing as crisp as anyone right now, as they’re the winners of four straight.

“(Tuesday) offensively, the girls were just very creative out there,” said Canyon head coach Derek Rusk. “If one channel wasn’t working, they were able to open up another lane.”

The Canyon girls are 6-1-1 over their last eight games, and have outscored opponents 21-1 during their current four-game winning streak.

Rounding out Tuesday’s action were Valencia and Saugus, who engaged in an intense battle with plenty of goals.

The Vikings (12-1-1, 1-0) won 3-2, with Valencia’s Bailey Reid sinking the game-winning goal with two minutes left in the second half.

It was a crushing blow to Saugus (4-5-4, 0-1), which seized a 2-1 advantage behind two goals from Centurions junior Avery Schulhofer before eventually surrendering the lead.

The Vikings will ride the momentum into Friday’s home matchup with Golden Valley (8-2-2, 0-1).


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