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Hart-Saugus boys soccer: Best-laid plan

Indians use regular formula to beat the Centurions

Posted: December 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Osmar Martinez (38) and Saugus’ Jordan Pacheco fight for possession of the ball during the Hart Soccer Showcase on Tuesday at Hart High School. The Indians beat the Centurions 2-0.

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By now, it’s obvious what Hart boys soccer wants to do.

It’s a team that wins possession of the ball, controls it and ultimately scores at a fairly high rate.

On Tuesday, Hart made Saugus its latest victim, winning 2-0 in a non-Foothill League matchup between the two teams on the first day of the Hart Soccer Showcase at Hart High School.

“Our formation is mostly attacking, and it’s pretty much more offensive so we can have more scoring opportunities,” said Hart midfielder Eduardo Ojeda, who scored in the game to help the Indians improve to 6-1 to start the season.

It was the second win of the day for the Indians, who beat Rosamond 5-1 earlier, meaning a win over Paraclete today at 11 a.m. can secure the pool victory.

Saugus (5-5-1) also came into the game with a win under its belt earlier in the day, a 3-0 defeat of Paraclete.

“This was the team to beat,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel, referring to Saugus.

With the Indians’ methodical passing and the ability to keep the ball way from the Centurions, Hart controlled the game most of the way through.

Ojeda scored within the first 15 minutes when Luis Flores found him open straight away from about 30 yards out.

With the open look, Ojeda fired a shot toward the right post and it snuck inside past a diving Justin Socarras, Saugus’ goalkeeper during the first half.

Though the score remained 1-0 for most of the game, most of the chances were in Hart’s favor.

Those chances finally paid off in the final minutes of the game when Edwin Medina added an insurance goal when he beat Centurions goalkeeper Jonah Valdez one-on-one before tapping it in on the right side.

Nico Ferrero was credited with the assist.

“They were a great passing team and they put a lot of pressure on us, which is what we did well in the first game,” said Saugus head coach Seth Groller.

In the second half, Saugus switched to an offensive-heavy formation while maintaining pressure on Ferrero.

The Hart forward was the focal point of Saugus’ defense, Groller said, but that game plan opened up other Hart players for open looks.

Saugus nearly tied the game up with 15 minutes left when Joseph Cox sent a corner kick toward Austen Scheff, who appeared to have an open lane into the right side of the net, but his shot went off the right crossbar.

That turned out to be the last promising chance for the Centurions, as Hart kept the ball away from them for the remainder of the match.

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