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The Day After Soccer: Teams walk the walk

Strong nonleague records translate to league wins on day one

Posted: January 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Hart goalkeeper Matt Ortiz reacts as West Ranch players celebrate their 2-0 win over the Indians on Tuesday at Hart High.

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The first day of Foothill League action gave teams a chance to back up their strong preleague slate.

Valencia boys soccer was a prime example.

After knocking off some top level competition and making it to the final of the Hart Soccer Showcase in the weeks leading up to its league opener, Valencia continued its strong start with a decisive 3-1 win over Saugus on Tuesday at Valencia High.

“I think we’ve been very consistent and it’s been clear that we’re on the right path,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio. “We haven’t played our best soccer yet and I don’t expect to peak the first game of the season. However we’re consistently playing good defense and we’re consistently creating good offensive opportunities.”

Valencia seniors Jesus Fernandez and Jake Ferry scored goals in the first half to give the Vikings (9-4-1 overall, 1-0-0 Foothill League) a 2-1 lead.

Zach Klindworth’s goal with 10 minutes left set the final score. Gino Ferraro was stout in goal for Valencia.

Senior Brian Perez scored the lone goal for Saugus (3-6-3, 0-1-0) on a penalty kick in the first half.
The Vikings joined West Ranch as the only boys teams to win on Tuesday, while Golden Valley and Canyon played to a 0-0 draw at Golden Valley.

In the game, Canyon head coach Lou Aguilera said his team had nine quality shots on goal which it failed to convert.

“We did have control of the game pretty much, but we just cannot (score),” Aguilera said. “I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe we should all go to church together or something. We just cannot find a goal.”

Firas Eid, Bonifacio Rojas and Giovanny Ortiz all took shots in the game, which put the Cowboys at 6-8-4 overall, 0-0-1 in league.

Rojas and fellow forward Chad Ybarra returned from injuries to play Tuesday, but Aguilera said neither was operating at 100 percent.

The Grizzlies are 5-6-2, 0-0-1 and will play at Valencia on Friday at 5 p.m.

Valencia is left up top with West Ranch (9-3-3, 1-0-0), which won 2-0 on Tuesday over Hart at Hart High. The Indians (8-3-1, 0-1-0) are the Foothill’s only ranked team as they sit at fourth in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV poll.

On Friday, Hart travels to play Saugus at 5 p.m. and Canyon will host West Ranch at the same time.

Girls Soccer

While two of the league’s top contenders were exchanging blows on Tuesday, others were making some early statements.

Hart put together a dominating defensive effort to trip up West Ranch 2-0 at West Ranch High.

Jenny Chavez scored both goals for the Indians (8-4-5, 1-0-0), both of them on headers in the second half. Her second goal was assisted by a Laura Sega cross.

Since starting the season 0-4-4, Hart has now won eight of its last nine games.

“I think we’ve been building from the beginning, from the first game,” said Hart head coach Justin Lundin. “We just seem to get better and a little bit more polished with more time together, so it’s nice.”

Lundin also praised his goalkeeper Daisy Hydar for a solid outing, which was also helped by the strong play by sweeper Hailey Jenkins.

“She’s really doing a good job organizing our defense and being that last player for us,” Lundin said of Jenkins.

Hart will play at Saugus at 3:15 p.m. in Friday’s marquee girls soccer matchup featuring last year’s top two finishers in the Foothill.

Saugus (15-0-1, 0-0-1) will come in trying to bounce back from a 0-0 tie against Valencia (7-1-4, 0-0-1) on Tuesday. It ended a 15-game win streak for the CIF-SS Div. II second-ranked Centurions.

Also on Tuesday, Canyon shut out Golden Valley 4-0 at Canyon High.

Kyla Danforth scored twice in the game, once in each half.

Brooke Moore added a goal to make it a 2-0 lead by halftime, and Kendall Bietsch rounded out the scoring for the Cowboys (5-5-2, 1-0-0) when she scored in the final 30 seconds of the game.

“It was a good game,” said Canyon head coach Derek Rusk. “The difference that I felt between the two teams (Tuesday) was that our girls played with more confidence and finished their opportunities.”

Next up for Canyon is a road game against West Ranch at 3:15 p.m. At the same time, Valencia will play at Golden Valley.

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