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Hart boys Showcase roundup: Showdown set

Hart’s shutout of Canyon paves way for all-local final today

Posted: December 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart players Osmar Martinez, left and Riley Waldeck (20) celebrate Martinez's goal against Canyon on Friday at Hart High.

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It only took a few seconds for Hart senior Nico Ferrero to get comfortable.

Playing in just his second game this season, Ferrero scored less than a minute after being subbed into the game and eventually recorded a hat trick in Hart’s 4-0 win over Canyon on Friday in the Hart Soccer Showcase at Hart High School.

The victory puts the Indians (7-1-1) into the tournament final against Valencia today at 10 a.m.

“It was fun to be back out here,” said Ferrero, who also played in Hart’s game against Cleveland High earlier in the day. Hart lost that game 2-1.

Hart went 3-1-0 overall in tournament pool play to tie with Dos Pueblos for the top record in the pool.

The tiebreaker went in Hart’s favor because it beat Dos Pueblos 2-1 on Thursday.

As for Friday’s action, the Indians bounced back from their early loss to Cleveland to take care of their Foothill League rival.

Canyon nearly jumped in front with an early score when a seemingly open shot on goal went off the left crossbar. It was only minutes later than Osmar Martinez scored on a left-footed shot to put Hart up 1-0. Harrison Sidell got credit for the assist as Hart began to take the upper hand.

It turned out to be one of the few opportunities the Cowboys had in the game.

“That’s how it’s been this whole (preleague) season,” said Canyon head coach Lou Aguilera. “Sometimes we can’t buy a goal. We hit a crossbar or an upright. It’s a simple little finish and we don’t get the deflection.”

The Cowboys were also missing both of their forwards, Bonifacio Rojas Rojas and Chad Ybarra, to injuries.

After Martinez’s goal, Ferrero, who said he was battling illness, came into the came and promptly took control of a pass down the right side, dribbled toward the middle of the field and scored the first of his three goals to set the halftime score at 2-0.

“We knew once we scored the first goal, it opened up everything” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “The first goal is key.”

In the second half, Ferrero put the game away with another score similar to his first after he receiving a through ball from Riley Waldeck on the right side.

He rounded out the scoring with a penalty kick into the left side of the net after he was knocked down from behind inside the 18-yard box.

With a player like Ferrero back on the field and Hart starting to get healthy, Jovel said he feels good about his team as league play approaches on Jan. 8.

Hart will go for its second straight championship at its own tournament.

Earlier in the day, Canyon lost 2-1 to Dos Pueblos, which means the Cowboys finished the tournament 1-2-1 overall.

Firas Eid scored Canyon’s lone goal on the day.



Valencia

The Vikings began the day with a 1-0 win over Arleta thanks to a goal from Marc Silingardi.

Silingardi knocked in another goal, as did teammate Jake Ferry in Valencia’s 2-0 win over Knight of Palmdale to finish the day.

That put Valencia’s record in pool play 3-0-1, which was good enough to win its pool and advance to today’s final against Hart.

“It’s two local teams. It’s Hart’s tournament. It’s for a championship of a touranment, but to me it’s a friendly thing because it’s one last game before league,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio.

Valencia is now 8-3-1 overall this season.



Golden Valley

A 1-0 loss to Knight and a 3-1 loss to Crescenta Valley on Friday put Golden Valley at 1-3-0 for the tournament. Golden Valley’s lone win was 3-2 over Arleta on Thursday.

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