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Prep soccer: Indians find the right formula

Hart scores four second-half goals in drubbing of Quartz Hill

Posted: November 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Once this Hart boys soccer team starts clicking, it appears to be pretty dangerous.

Osmar Martinez scored two goals to help lead a second-half surge for Hart, which won 5-1 over Quartz Hill on Tuesday at Hart High School.

Playing with its usual short-passing style that emphasizes maintaining possession, the Indians (2-0) came alive offensively and scored four of their five goals in the second half.

“We started passing more to feet and then we started getting more open shots,” Martinez said.

He scored both of his goals in a span of three minutes early in the second half.

The first came as a result of a play which began with Hart’s Harrison Sidell dribbling the ball toward Quartz Hill goalkeeper Marcos Flores.

At the last second, Sidell flipped the ball to Martinez, who bumped it in to give Hart a 3-0 lead with 35 minutes left in the game.

Martinez added another one a few minutes later on what he called a “beautiful pass” from teammate Nicholas Tamashiro.

At that point, it was 4-1 and Hart had broken the game wide open.

“We started connecting with forwards,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “We got (the ball) in through the forwards. In the first half, we were just direct at them and we weren’t connecting.”

Jovel said he’s got a young and relatively undersized team this season, including two freshman on the roster, but he sees a lot of potential.

“I think we’re going to be a little inexperienced, but I think if we’re going to move the ball, we’re going to be OK,” said Jovel, a second-year head coach whose team finished third in the Foothill League last year and lost in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs.

Hart got on the board in the first half when Anthony Caso beat a Quartz Hill defender to the ball inside the 18-yard box and kicked it just inside the left corner of the goal.

That score, which was the only one before halftime, made it 1-0 Hart with 12:45 remaining in the half.

Though the Indians dominated the Rebels (1-1) all game long in the midfield and kept control of the ball, the scoring barrage didn’t begin until a few minutes into the second half.

“The midfield is our rock,” Martinez said. “It’s our everything. They control everything.”

Hart took a 2-0 lead when Manuel Mata headed in a ball that came to him via a throw-in just four minutes into the period.

Within the next four minutes, Martinez scored his two goals, which sandwiched Quartz Hill’s lone score of the game at the 34-minute mark.

Quartz Hill’s Alex Chambers launched the ball from 35 yards out and scored as the ball went off the hands of Hart goalkeeper Matt Ortiz.

Outside of that, the Rebels didn’t do much to counter Hart’s meticulous offense.

“They had a couple guys in there that were just running circles (around us),” said Quartz Hill head coach Aaron Parker of Hart. “You can tell they’ve been around each other for a while.”

Hart’s final goal of the game was scored on a header by Anthony Salvadori off a Jonathan Rose throw-in with 14:30 remaining.

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