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Hart gets a grip

The Indians turn away Palmdale after opening their tourney with a loss

Posted: December 26, 2008 10:21 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Hart captain Armand Simian (18) goes up against an unidentified Palmdale player (13) Friday in the first day of the Hart Showcase Tournament. The Indians split their two games of the day, losing their first 2-1 to Paraclete High of Lancaster and winning their second 1-0 over Palmdale.

Win one, lose one.

That's how the first day of the Hart Showcase Tournament panned out for Hart's boys varsity soccer team.

Hart started a chilly Friday morning with a 2-1 loss to Paraclete High of Lancaster. Weston Valdillez scored Hart's only goal in the match.

In the second contest of the day, the Indians came out with a vengeance.

The Indians (2-6-3) defeated the Falcons of Palmdale 1-0 on Friday afternoon.

The difference in this matchup?

"Aggressiveness," said Hart head coach Fausto Arana. "We played a lot faster of a game. We knew we needed to come out and play faster because (Palmdale) likes to come out and play fast, so we had to matchup and start playing their game."

Hart was dominant from the start of the first half.
Indian Armand Simian had a shot on goal in the first minute of the game and that set the tone for the rest of the contest.

Although Palmdale seemed to be a step faster, always there to contest a shot, Hart showed more composure and teamwork.

That teamwork paid off in the 25th minute of the contest when a missed shot by Fernando Guerrero turned into a goal after Ben Kret crashed the net as Palmdale defenders stood around.

"People were more into this game and wanted to win," Kret said. "We were more physical."

The Indians appeared more in sync offensively and defensively than Palmdale.

Both teams had four shots each in the first half, but defensively the game belonged to Hart.

A timid Palmdale offense kept the ball short.

"We dominated in the first half," Arana said. "The speed of play was really good and we scored so that's good."
"We've been working on defense a lot so that helps. Our defense is strong," Kret added.

A sluggish second half saw very little action from both teams.

The Indians took five shots to Palmdale's three.

Hart put a halt the Falcons only opportunity to score in the second half after Palmdale shot a corner kick that put the ball inside of the 18-yard box. But the Indians quickly turned the opportunity away.

Hart continues tournament action facing Saugus today at 7:45 a.m.


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