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The Day After: New names at the top

Canyon loses lead in boys hoops; GV girls soccer gets a first

Posted: January 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It was a day of surprises on both the hardwood and the soccer pitch on Friday, as both Canyon’s boys and girls basketball teams fell to Saugus.

But the biggest win of the day came hours earlier when the Golden Valley girls soccer team recorded its first Foothill League win in program history by taking out Valencia 2-1.

“(Winning) was something that we were expecting for a long, long time,” said Golden Valley head coach Charles Martinez, “and we’ve been working hard and progression is important. Concentration is important too, and this win is a celebration for them ... We’re progressing. (We said) we’re going to surprise somebody and we came out and surprised (Valencia) and that was our game. I can’t be more happy than that.”

The Grizzlies’ Jordan Dulay sent a cross into the box in the 11th minute that was knocked away by the goalkeeper before Samantha Jennings put the rebound in the back of the net.

In the second half, Jennings padded the Grizzlies’ lead on a counter attack when she beat Valencia’s backline, and put home the game’s second goal.

“I told the girls, ‘We’re going to celebrate now, but Monday we have to come back and work and we have another game on Tuesday and we’ll have to forget about this win and work. They already know they celebrated this but they have in their mind that they have a big commitment to winning.”

At the top of the standings, Saugus continued its undefeated league run with a 2-1 victory over Canyon to improve to 6-0-0 in Foothill play.

The win, though, came at a cost, as the Centurions lost a star player for the second straight week.

Saugus assist leader Monica Allen left in the first half with a knee injury, and the extent of the injury was not yet known.

Last week, goals-leader Stacy Atwater was lost with a broken collarbone.

The Indians, sitting in second place five points behind Saugus, defeated West Ranch 3-2.

Jenny Chavez scored the winning goal for the Indians off an assist from Kelsey Stokes with under two minutes to play.
Presley Lambert and Danica Morgan scored Hart’s other two goals off assists from Destinney Duron and McKinley Kane.

In boys soccer, Hart avenged its loss to West Ranch earlier in the season, winning 2-0 this time behind goals from David Knopf and Nico Ferrero.

Coupled with the Indians’ win over Canyon earlier in the week, Hart is now 4-1-1 in league and is tied with Canyon for the top spot in the standings.

Knopf put the Indians ahead in the first half on Friday off a throw-in by Gabe Robinson, after the Indians had controlled the run of play in the midfield.

In the second half, Ferrero’s insurance goal iced the victory for Hart.

Canyon defeated Saugus 1-0 on a goal by A.J. Rochow in the 58th minute to put the Cowboys at 4-1-1 in league play as well.

The Vikings snuck past Golden Valley 1-0 on a 75th-minute goal by Jesus Fernandez, putting Valencia (3-2-1 Foothill) just a single point behind third-place West Ranch (3-1-2).


On the hardwood, the Saugus girls basketball team pulled into a first-place tie with Canyon by defeating the Cowboys 52-50 on Friday night at Canyon High.

Megan Dawe let the way for the Centurions, scoring 22 points to help hand Canyon its first league loss of the season.

It wasn’t as close at West Ranch High, where the Wildcats handled Hart 60-26 on Friday.

Whitney Branham led with 18 points and Hannah Green added 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks. Michele Arima scored 12 and Melissa Arima finished with 11.

Valencia took down Golden Valley 51-34 to improve to 4-2 in league play with Kalia Summerlin scoring 14 points for the Vikings. Sandra Ikeora added 10 and Jasmin Dimson scored eight. Jennifer Anumba added five points and nine rebounds.

“It was kind of a hard game because we couldn’t get any offensive flow going,” said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike.

“Their defense was part of that. They played a little differently than the first time (we played) that was pretty effective.

They were more aggressive, but overall we played better in the second half. We feel good about the win.”

Now, Valencia will take on a Canyon team that will be hungry to get back in the win column.

“We’ll approach it like the first time where we need to get multiple people scoring and can’t rely on one or two (players),” Mike said. “We’ve got to make sure we’ve got lots of options against them because they’re a good defensive team, particularly inside. We missed an opportunity and they responded late in that game. I expect a similar game where it will come down to the end and it should be exciting.”

In boys basketball, the Saugus matched the girls’ feat, handing Canyon its second straight loss, 69-64.

Saugus’ Chris Lockwood scored 15 points — eight in the fourth quarter — and Matt Coleman scored nine of his final 15 in the fourth to help secure the win.

The loss dropped Canyon to 4-2 in league and out of first place for the first time this season.

West Ranch, which defeated Hart 91-80, now sits atop the Foothill League at 5-1.

The Wildcats shot 65 percent in the second half and were led by Ako Kaluna’s 34 points.

Golden Valley — which entered its game against Valencia looking to end a 19-game league losing streak — kept it close through a quarter and a half before Vikings guard Troy Hammel got hot and sent his team to a 73-50 victory.

Hammel finished with 23 points, while Zach Davis added 12 and Michael Zerpoli scored 10.

The win marked the 200th victory for Valencia head coach Rocket Collins.


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