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Prep soccer: Hart picks right back up

Indians start off season with victory

Posted: December 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Nico Ferrero (14) dribbles through the Moorpark defense on Thursday at Hart High School.

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This early in the season, first-year Hart High boys soccer coach Adonay Jovel is still trying to figure out what he has on a team that lost many of its starters off last season’s Foothill League runner-up squad.

That team advanced to the CIF-Southern Section quarterfinals — the farthest a Hart boys soccer team has advanced in the postseason since 1983.

On Thursday afternoon, Jovel got a pretty good indication how this year’s version of the Indians can best duplicate that success.

Hart used a combination of impressive team speed and defensive pressure in the midfield to defeat Moorpark 2-1 at Hart High.

“I would say we’re looking to see what players fit in what positions,” Jovel said. “Winning will come from our effort when we do the things we’re supposed to as a team.”

Against Moorpark (0-2), the win came off the foot of speedy forward Nico Ferrero, who outraced a defender to the ball in the box, skipped the ball past the oncoming goalie, and netted an easy goal to give Hart a 2-0 lead with 35 minutes remaining in the game.

“It’s all about speed (in soccer),” Ferrero said. “Space is a huge part of this game.”

Hart’s Eddy Castillo opened up the scoring with 28 minutes left in the first half when he placed the ball past Moorpark goalie Florencio Morales off a counter attack.

The Indians (1-0) maintained high pressure near the midfield for much of the game, continually causing the Musketeers fits when trying to move into the attacking zone.

But midway through the second half the Hart defense broke down and a failed clearance in the box allowed Moorpark’s Rivera Toni to pull the Musketeers to within one with 25 minutes remaining.

Moorpark, though, couldn’t equalize down the stretch as the Indians’ defense rebounded after the mistake.

“I’m more of a high-pressure person,” Jovel said. “But we’re not fit enough to play like that the whole game.”

For Moorpark, the game was more about the bigger picture than the result.

“It’s preseason and I’m studying what I’ve got,” said Moorpark head coach Juan Barron. “I came to play Hart because it’s always a good game. If I play my starting 11 the whole game it’s a different story.”

Circumstances were similar for the Indians, though, who have numerous players on the defensive side out with injuries.

No matter the lineups, though, in its first match of the season Hart found a key to success, and the Indians only expect things to get better.

“Once we have our full defense,” Ferrero said. “We’ll be unbeatable.

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