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Foothill League boys soccer: Hart barrage ends Grizzlies

Indians score five goals, including two from Nico Ferrero, in former coach’s return to school

Posted: January 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Gabe Robinson (18) wins a header over Golden Valley’s Joshua Torres on Tuesday at Hart High School. Hart won the match 5-0.

 

After a rough start to Foothill League play a week ago, Hart boys soccer is out to prove its back on track.
Two straight shutout victories is pretty good evidence.

The Indians made Golden Valley their latest victim, winning 5-0 in a dominant performance on Tuesday at Hart High School.

“West Ranch was just a wake-up call,” said Hart forward Nico Ferrero of his team’s 2-0 loss to West Ranch on Jan. 10. “It showed we can’t think too highly of ourselves.”

Ferrero scored two goals in the game and was one of three different Hart players to find the back of the net.

The run of play was controlled by the Indians (11-2, 2-1 Foothill League) throughout the day and the ball rarely made its way in Golden Valley’s attacking third.

Grizzlies head coach Fausto Arana made his return to Hart High, where he spent the last three years as the team’s head coach.

Now, Arana is trying to implement the same kind of build-up, methodical style of offense he once used at Hart.

This time around, it was his former team that won the day as the Grizzlies (2-12, 0-3) are still adjusting to the new coaching style.

“Togetherness. That’s the main thing,” said Golden Valley head coach Fausto Arana. “We came into this school trying to instill commitment, discipline, pride, a lot of things.”

With Hart’s speed and aggressiveness on the ball, it was tough for the Grizzlies to get much of that going, though.

Ferrero quickly got the Indians on the board less than three minutes into the game when he headed a ball in the right corner after it was sent into the box on a cross by Sammy Reyes.

For the remainder of the half, Hart continued to apply pressure on Golden Valley’s defense, but didn’t get another goal until Gabe Robinson’s throw-in from the left side about 20 yards out. The ball deflected off the head of a Golden Valley player for an own goal.

The Grizzly sideline argued that the ball wasn’t touched, which would have nullified the goal, but Hart was eventually granted a 2-0 lead with four minutes to play in the half.

By halftime, the Indians already had nine shots on goal and would end up with 17 total shots compared to Golden Valley’s five.

“We were able to possess the ball really well today, and we just came out really pumped up and wanting to win,” Ferrero said.

The offensive barrage continued in the second half as Ferrero extended his team’s lead with another goal with 36 minutes left in the game.

Twenty minutes later, Anthony Caso scored when he took a pass from Osmar Martinez just outside the top of the 18-yard box, and fought off a defender to make it a 4-0 advantage.

Edwin Medina capped off the scoring in the final two minutes of the game when he took the ball on a breakaway and defeated Golden Valley goalkeeper Lauchu Fernando one-on-one.

“We have outside midfielders and center midfielders scoring goals,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “Most of the scoring has been spread out between seven different players.”

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