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Prep boys soccer: Effort proves big for ’Cats

Despite so-so play, West Ranch outlasts Golden Valley

Posted: January 18, 2011 10:46 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2011 4:55 a.m.
 

At least the effort was there.

Despite not playing technically sound soccer by its own admission, West Ranch beat Golden Valley 2-1 on Tuesday at Golden Valley High School.

Wildcats head coach Mo Burgess admitted his team worked hard in the game, but the statement came with a grain of salt.

"I'm unhappy with what we did today," Burgess said. "We didn't mark up on transition... we have to be a better team going forward."

But it was good enough to win another Foothill League game, thanks partly to a chaotic goal scored in the 11th minute of the first half.

West Ranch midfielder Chris Tumasone fired a cross from the right side, and it was initially headed by Tylar Simone. It deflected off a few players, including Grizzlies goalkeeper Fernando Lauchu, before inching its away past the line for the goal.

Simone was credited with the score.

At the time, West Ranch (7-2-4, 2-1-0) led 1-0, but it proved to be the difference.

It was a break for the Wildcats, but right winger Cody Klop said he's happy to take it.

"In the end, all that matters is we won," Klop said. "And we put the work in that we needed to."

The work paid off with 28 minutes left in the second half.

After Golden Valley scored to tie the game late in the first half, West Ranch's Josh Torres and Brandon Dooley passed the ball back and forth a few times as they moved into the 18-yard box. Torres eventually put it away into the left corner from 7 yards out.

Golden Valley's goal came 15 minutes before halftime. Andy Ruiz took a pass from Andres Lozano down the left sideline, moved inside and booted a left-footed shot off the right post and in.

But outside of that, the Grizzlies (5-10-0, 0-3-0) didn't put together very many scoring chances.

West Ranch had 10 shots on goal compared to Golden Valley's three, which was partly the result of the Wildcats winning the battles at midfield.

"We kind of expected the ball to come to us unfortunately," said Golden Valley head coach Phil Lopez. "You can't do that. You have to go after the ball."

The Grizzlies also played the entire second half without senior midfielder Juan Trejo, who re-aggravated a knee injury in the first half.

After Trejo left, it was clear the Grizzlies had a more difficult time connecting on passes and pushing the ball up field.

For now, Burgess will take the win.

"It was just one of those days where we didn't have it," he said. "I don't know if it was the weather change or what."

 

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