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Foothill League boys soccer: Reaping benefits

Hart continues turnaround season with win over the Vikings

Posted: January 25, 2011 10:47 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2011 4:55 a.m.

Hart’s Bobby Phillips, right, tries to get the ball past Valencia’s Chase Irwin on Tuesday at Hart High. The Indians won 2-1.

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Last year, Hart boys soccer was a work in progress.

Now, the work seems to be paying off.

The Indians used short, accurate passing and two unanswered goals to beat Valencia 2-1 at Hart High School on Tuesday.

“I think that it’s the essence of what we do,” said Hart head coach Fausto Arana of the efficient passing. “We pass it all the way up field and we build up.”

With the win, Hart (11-4-2, 4-1-0) extended its lead in the Foothill League over Valencia (13-3-2, 2-1-2), which started the day in second place, to four points.

Though the Indians controlled the ball for most of the game, the Vikings got on the board first when Zach Klindworth knocked in Aubrey Gierard’s cross from the left corner.

The ball went just inside the far post in the 18th minute, giving Valencia the early 1-0 lead.

After that, it was all Hart.

“A lot of times, we’ll let teams possess the ball for the majority of the game, and we’ll still come out ahead,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio. “That just wasn’t the case today.”

The Valencia defense could only hold off a methodical but relentless Hart attack for so long.

Indians midfielder Sammy Reyes kicked a frozen rope from about 15 yards away, which nicked the right post before finding its way past Valencia goalkeeper Daniel Adame.

It was all even at 1-1 with five minutes left in the first half.

The second half saw much of the same, with Hart not only maintaining possession, but causing most of the scoring threats.
The Indians held the shots-on-goal advantage 14-2.

Hart midfielder Loy Mueller cashed in on one of those shots with 17 minutes to go in the game.

Mueller’s tap-in at the left post was set up Edwin Medina’s rocket from the top of the 18-yard box, which deflected off Adame, leaving Mueller to finish it off.

“It was just the right place at the right time,” Mueller said of the goal.

The rest of the game, Hart simply played keepaway, going back to the quick passes and effective communication.

“We’re all brothers on this team,” Mueller said. “Fausto always tell us, this is the first real team we’ve had.”

Valencia didn’t get chances, and couldn’t execute its game plan.

“Today, Hart was the better team,” Scalercio said. “Not only did they pass the ball, but they created some great opportunities on the goal.”

Adame finished with 10 saves for the Vikings.

As for the current league leaders, this may have been a long time coming.

“It has taken me three years to make them understand that everybody has a role and you’ve got to play as a team,” Arana said.

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