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Soccer: Storm strike just in time

PK wins it for Santa Clarita in stoppage time

Posted: May 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Still in its debut season in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Santa Clarita Storm semi-professional men’s soccer team is trying to catch the attention of its new home.

What better way than to have a homegrown player win the game in the last minute in front of home fans?

Golden Valley High graduate and former College of the Canyons player Andres Bueno knocked in a penalty kick in the final minute of stoppage time to lead Santa Clarita to a 2-1 win over Real San Jose on Saturday night at Canyon High School.

“It’s been exciting because it’s the first men’s team in this town and we’re doing the best to keep it going,” Bueno said.

He was awarded the PK attempt when teammate Wayne Lampart was tripped inside the 18-yard box while going after the ball for a potential goal.

The potential turned into reality when Bueno faked to his right, then placed the ball into the left side.

“That’s what I told them,” said Storm head coach Jose Meza. “We have 90 minutes to put the ball in the net.”

With the win, Santa Clarita improves to 3-1-2 on the season with six games to play.

The Storm participates in the National Premier Soccer League, which operates under the United States Soccer Federation, a third tier semi-pro organization.

Last year, the same club played in the Antelope Valley and was known as the Lancaster Rattlers, but the league decided to move the team to the SCV this year.

The team hired Meza as the head coach just days before the regular season began. He took control of a group of players that include international players and a handful of SCV and Antelope Valley products.

“I’ve found it’s a smart group of very good players,” Meza said.

Gregory Quintero was the first one to score for Santa Clarita on Saturday when he one-timed the ball in during the 42nd minute off a pass delivered from Alex Harlley.

It was a 1-0 Storm lead by halftime.

Real San Jose (1-2-2) responded quickly when Bronil Koochoie skipped the ball into the goal in the opening minute of the first half after dribbling the ball through a group of Santa Clarita defenders.

From there, both teams exchanged solid on-goal opportunities, but nothing came of them until the foul was called at the end.

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