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Hart soccer: One gets it done

Hart boys score once despite dominating the run of play, but they still win

Posted: December 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart High midfielder Brayon Rodriguez (16) fights against Alemany’s John Sanchez for control of the ball on Thursday at Hart High School. The Indians put together plenty of scoring opportunities and finally broke through with a goal midway through the second half.

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The opportunities were piling up and the Hart boys soccer team dominated the midfield most of the game.

At some point, Hart was going to have to score to validate its impressive performance.

Senior striker Edwin Medina came to the rescue late in the game, scoring the only goal on a somewhat fortunate bounce to help the Indians beat Bishop Alemany of Mission Hills 1-0 on Thursday at Hart High.

“We always have a lot of chances,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “We struggle to put the ball in the net.”

At the 22:40 mark of the second half, Medina found himself in position to tap the ball into the right corner of the goal shortly after a Gabe Robinson throw-in from the left sideline.

Robinson’s throw-in headed toward a crowd of players in front of the goal before it ricocheted to the right side, where Medina was waiting.

It was the culmination of a game in which Hart (3-1) outshot the Warriors 13-4 and controlled the flow of the contest.

After the goal, the Indians played disciplined defense in anticipation of Alemany’s extra offensive push in the final minutes.
Outside of a couple of late corner kicks, Alemany (1-2-1) didn’t come close to tying it up.

“I knew whoever scored first was going to win the game,” said Alemany head coach Cruz Hernandez. “I thought it was a pretty evenly played game before that.”

At least for the first few minutes of the game. But momentum shifted in Hart’s favor when Jovel said he moved one of his defenders to the midfield.

That allowed Hart to get the initial touches to open up its offensive game.

“We were getting beat too much in the middle, so having a couple guys in the middle helped us out a lot,” Jovel said.

Using short and accurate passes, Hart was able to feed the ball to forwards Nico Ferrero and Osmar Martinez, who created several free kicks and corners deep in Alemany territory.

For most of the game, the Warriors held strong, but a favorable bounce ended up putting Hart in good position with just two games remaining before Foothill League play begins.

“We just need to play a little harder,” Medina said through a translator. “We need to learn how to finish. We’re getting our chances, we just need to put them in.”

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