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Prep soccer: ’Cats clinch soccer crown

West Ranch boys beat Saugus 3-0 to end league play on nine-game unbeaten streak

Posted: February 10, 2011 10:47 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2011 10:47 p.m.
 

It was a fitting finish for West Ranch boys soccer on Senior Day.

It was two seniors who put the game away, giving West Ranch a 3-0 win over Saugus Thursday at West Ranch High.

The victory, combined with Hart’s 3-3 tie with Valencia later in the day, gave the Wildcats their first Foothill League title in program history.

“It’s good to have that first league championship,” said West Ranch head coach Mo Burgess. “A lot of guys, a lot of coaches, a lot of players that are long gone by now, put in that work ethic originally.”

Within the first few minutes of the game, West Ranch (11-2-7, 6-1-3) took a 1-0 lead on a Brandon Dooley goal scored in a scrum. It was assisted by Chris Tumasone’s cross.

After that, Saugus (6-15-2, 1-8-1) starting playing strong defense in the midfield, which caused the Wildcats to get a little bit out of rhythm.

“Saugus was kind of coming, and my seniors kind of saw that and sensed that in a big way,” Burgess said.

Two seniors in particular, Jacob Jordan and Joey Maxey, found the back of the net in the second half, putting to rest any doubt in the season finale.

Jordan scored on a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to make it 2-0.

Minutes later, Eric Stevens found Maxey on a corner kick, and Maxey snuck his shot in after a single bounce.

“Once we kind of got in that mode, they started revving really high and kind of didn’t let off the gas,” Burgess said.

West Ranch hasn’t lost since dropping the league opener 2-1 against Valencia on Jan. 11. Yet the Wildcats still came into the day trailing Hart by one point in the standings.

That was despite the fact that the Wildcats went 1-0-1 against the Indians this season.

“The balls bounced the right way, and they did what they needed to do all the way through,” Burgess said.

In the competitive Foothill League, Burgess said his team has come in contact with just about every style the sport has to offer, which bodes well for the playoffs.

Until then, West Ranch has a few days to celebrate.

“I feel like we’re not the new school anymore,” Burgess said.

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