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The Day After Soccer: First boys, now the girls

The big league matchup shifts genders

Posted: January 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The Canyon and West Ranch boys soccer teams entered their match on Tuesday looking to take sole possession of first place in the Foothill League.

Early on, it was the Wildcats that jumped on top, taking a 2-0 lead in the first 21 minutes on two goals by Wade McMillon.
But the Cowboys weren’t exactly ready to roll over.

A.J. Rochow started the comeback bid by scoring Canyon’s first goal off an assist from Zack Jens.

Jorge Navarro then scored the equalizer for Canyon to end the match in a 2-2 draw.

“We went two goals up and I don’t know if we’ve ever been in that situation before (at Canyon),” said West Ranch head coach Fred McGinn. “And they kind of shut down and Canyon capitalized. I’ll give it all to Canyon, they were capitalizing.”

With the draw, the Cowboys (5-4-2, 2-0-1) and Wildcats (7-2-2, 2-0-1) remain in a first-place tie atop the league standings.

In other boys soccer action, Hart scored early and often in its match against Golden Valley.

The Indians defeated the Grizzlies 5-0 to improve to 11-2-0, 2-1-0. With the loss, Golden Valley fell to 2-12, 0-3.

Hosting Saugus, the Valencia boys team jumped out to a two-goal lead and held off the Centurions for the 2-0 victory.

The Centurions had a chance to get on the board, but a goal was disallowed because of an offside call by the referee.

“We were pulled out of our game and how we play yesterday,” said Saugus head coach Seth Groller. “We were getting impatient and that’s what I was telling the kids. We have to play our game, no matter who the team we’re playing is or what they’re doing. We need to play our game and we’ll be better.”

In girls soccer, the Centurions extended their Foothill League unbeaten streak to 17 games with a 2-0 victory over Valencia.

Alana Shaw put Saugus on the board 26 seconds into the match on assists by Serena Smith-Banas and Stacey Atwater.

Later in the match, Atwater scored a goal of her own off an assist by Smith-Banas.

The win sets up a big showdown on Friday with West Ranch. Both Saugus (No. 30) and West Ranch (No. 33) are ranked in the top 40 nationally by ESPNHS’s Powerade Fab 50 Girls’ Soccer Rankings.

The Wildcats tied Canyon on Tuesday to stay undefeated on the season with a 1-0-2 record. Kendall Moskal scored West Ranch’s lone goal off a throw-in by Taylor Ayers with 11 minutes remaining in the match.

But with just five minutes left, Moskal got caught in a one-versus-one situation with Canyon’s Kaila Sargema inside the 18-yard box. Moskal went for the ball but got too much of Sargema, and she was called for a penalty kick that Sargema put away to tie the score.

“We played awesome,” said West Ranch head coach Jared White. “It was one of our better soccer games holding the ball and maintaining possession. We held possession for the majority of the game. What we’re struggling with now is finishing.”

Golden Valley, looking for its first league victory in school history, fell to Hart 3-1 on Tuesday.

The Indians scored in the game’s first two minutes on a goal by McKinley Kane and took advantage of defensive miscues by Golden Valley to improve to 7-2-5 and 1-1-1 in league.

The league still trying to figure out a way to topple the Saugus girls, who have won back-to-back league titles and completed a perfect 10-0 run through league play last season. The game against West Ranch on Friday could put the Centurions’ streak in jeopardy — or Saugus could be ready to take down another ranked opponent.

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