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Scrappy Indians get by Alemany

Hart boys soccer team moves closer to the .500 mark

Posted: December 17, 2009 10:42 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
The biggest problem for the Hart boys soccer team last year was finishing scoring chances.

The Indians haven’t quite fixed that problem yet, but thanks to their scrappy effort Thursday, it didn’t matter.

An early own goal by Alemany and a corkscrewing shot by Saul Avila boosted Hart to a 2-1 victory over the Warriors at Hart High School.

The run of play was fairly even for the first 20 minutes, and once the Indians (2-3-1) settled down, they started to generate better scoring chances.

“Possession is key,” said Hart head coach Fausto Arana. “That’s one of the things we’re trying to emphasize, an organized attack.
We’ve played really fast in the past. The build-up is our strongest thing along with our defense.”

Early on, central defender Taylor Stimson made a big non-goalie save when Alemany striker Tanner Warne got behind the Hart defense and ripped a low shot. Stimson stepped in front of it to clear it away.

Hart goalkeeper Neil Tamashiro made a nice save early on as well when Hart was caught off guard by a quick throw-in.

For the most part, Hart’s defense halted the buildup by the Warriors (2-5) in the offensive third.

Stimson credited the chemistry between himself and wing defenders Davis Page and Robert Fernandez.

“The chemistry’s really strong,” he said. We trust each other.”

Hart’s first goal came with 17:40 left in the first half when a low corner kick by Carlos Jaimes nicked off of Alemany defender Arthur Correa and rolled into the net.

The Warriors began to settle down in the second half, but Hart still got several good looks at the net.

With 13 minutes to play, Avila took possession and ripped a shot that drifted left and found the upper left-hand corner to give Hart a 2-0 lead.

The goal energized the Hart sideline, which had witnessed several near-misses in the second half.

Stimson said that Hart’s struggle with finishing actually motivates the defense.

“It keeps us on our toes,” he said. “If we’re scoring a ton of goals we’ll get lazy.”

Alemany’s Dylan Chandiran slipped behind the Hart defense with one minute to play and lofted a shot into the net to cut the lead in half, but the Indians held on from there.

“They possessed the ball pretty well,” said Alemany assistant coach Nick Hernandez. “They had the opportunities and finished.”
Arana credited his midfield and defense for holding strong, and said he hoped the team would develop a finishing touch.

“We have people there,” he said. “We just can’t put the ball away.”
jgulino@the-signal.com

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