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Prep soccer roundup: Golden Valley shows its grit

Grizzlies rally for win, Hart sits atop pool A

Posted: December 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Golden Valley's Anthony Hermosillo (11) shoots past Arleta's Peter Espinoza (42) on Thursday at Hart High.

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Golden Valley boys soccer is already showing how scrappy it can be.

The short-handed Grizzlies surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half, but then rallied back to score the game-winning goal with seconds to play on Thursday to win 3-2 over Arleta, capping off its first day of pool play in the Hart Soccer Showcase at Hart High.

“I think we just pulled together,” said Golden Valley senior Sebastian Martinez, who scored two goals in the game, including the game-winner.

Golden Valley (5-3-1) was one of four Foothill League boys teams participating in the tournament on Thursday.

The Grizzlies finished 1-1 on the day after losing 2-1 to Valencia earlier.

Coming into the tournament with just 12 players on hand due to six players on the team away with prior commitments, Golden Valley had its work cut out.

“It’s been an obstacle, but you know every obstacle you have to overcome it,” said Francisco Perez, who assisted Martinez’ goal in the end. “But yeah, it was definitely hard to not have those players that we normally have. But the team just pushed forward.”

After going into halftime up 2-0, Golden Valley allowed the Mustangs (5-1-1) to tie it up with 10 minutes to go on a Caesar Alfaro goal.

Both teams picked up the intensity down the stretch and produced scoring chances, but the Grizzlies finally converted when Perez sent a through ball to the middle of the field at the top of the 18-yard box.

Martinez controlled the ball, turned and took the shot for the win.

“We pretty much ended up playing with three on top so we capitalized on the mistakes that the defense was making in the back,” said Golden Valley head coach Charles Martinez.

He’s took over as head coach in mid-November after the sudden resignation of former coach Fausto Arana.

Charles Martinez was previously the girls coach before shifting over just two weeks before the start of the season.

“This is a process and they’re just going to have to work on this little by little,” Charles Martinez said. “This is nothing but preparation for league and that’s when you’ll see the real game.”

In the first half, Perez got the Grizzlies on the board when he knocked the ball in from roughly 15 yards away after finding it in traffic.

Shortly after, Sebastian Martinez scored his first of the game after he had an open look straight away from less than 10 yards thanks to an on-target freekick from Justin Dulay.

That made it 2-0, from which Arleta fought back beginning with a tap-in goal by Rafael Serafin midway through the second half.

“We regrouped and we knew we could get back and sure enough (we) did and (we) put the pressure on,” said Arleta head coach Franklin Montiel. “And unlucky in the sense that we didn’t get the win.”

Golden Valley resumes pool play today with an 8 a.m. game against Knight of Palmdale and a 12:30 p.m. game against Crescenta Valley.


Hart

The host Indians rolled through the opening day with two wins, 2-1 over Dos Pueblos and 5-0 over Centennial on Thursday.

Osmar Martinez and Derek Waldeck each scored in the early game against Dos Pueblos and both of them added a goal apiece against Centennial.

Also scoring against Centennial was Riley Waldeck, Harrison Sidell and Jonas Reyes.

Hart (6-0-1) faces Cleveland today at 12:30 p.m. and will take on Canyon at 3:30 p.m.


Valencia

After starting the day with a 2-1 win over Golden Valley, the Vikings followed with a 1-1 tie with Crescenta Valley.

Valencia will play Arleta at 12:30 p.m. followed by Knight at 3:30. Both Valencia and Golden Valley are competing in Pool B.


Canyon

Competing in Pool A along with Hart, Canyon played to a 1-1 draw against Cleveland before beating Centennial 3-1.

Daniel Foster scored the lone goal against Cleveland.

Bonifacio Rojas, Brett Schwarz and Jimmy Martinez scored against Centennial.

Canyon will take on Dos Pueblos today at 8 a.m. and conclude pool play against Hart at 3:30 p.m.

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