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CIF soccer: Indians’ early departure

Hart fails to capitalize on offensive chances and exits CIF-SS Division III playoffs in first round

Posted: February 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Hart boys soccer has overachieved all year long.

With only a handful of players returning to varsity this season, Hart had plenty of success and finished second in the Foothill League for the second straight season.

But on Thursday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs, the inexperience showed itself again, and the Indians lost 4-0 to Norte Vista of Riverside at Norte Vista High School.

“(Norte Vista is) not a bad team, but we gave them a lot of goals,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “We made a lot of mistakes and it seemed like our guys were a little nervous about being in playoffs.”

The Brave (12-6-1) took a 1-0 lead late in the first half when Hart’s defense failed to clear the ball out of harm’s way.
That set the score for halftime.

Trailing by a goal, the Indians (15-4-2) tried to use their typical aggressive, fast-paced attack to counter, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Junior forward Nico Ferrero couldn’t convert on two separate one-on-one opportunities with Norte Vista’s goalkeeper and senior striker Edwin Medina also had multiple looks at the goal.

“We had some chances and we didn’t put them in,” Jovel said. “Sometimes you get your chances and you have to put them in to stay in the game.”

As time went on though, the game got further and further away from Hart.

Roughly midway through the second half, the Brave scored their second goal.

They then doubled up the 2-0 lead by adding two more quick goals in the final five minutes on Hart defensive breakdowns.
It ended a game where the Indians struggled to maintain possession of the ball most of the way through.

It also ended a season where Hart came within one point of winning a Foothill title for the second straight year.

Nine seniors ended their soccer careers at Hart, including Sammy Reyes, who was a bright spot for the team in the second half of the season.

As for the future, it’s a little up in the air according to Jovel, who finished his first year as the program’s coach.

“Only time can tell because we’re going to be even younger next year,” Jovel said. “We have nine seniors and (very few) 11th graders for next year.”

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