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Prep boys soccer roundup: Hart grabs auto spot

Indians get final automatic playoff bid from Foothill; G.V. closes strong

Posted: February 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

The Hart Indians came into Foothill League play as the hottest team in boys soccer.

From there, it was a bumpy road against league opponents.

But on Thursday at Hart High School, Hart did what it needed to by clinching an automatic spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs.

Hart did so with a 4-1 win over the Canyon Cowboys at Hart High School, which helped the Indians finish third in the Foothill standings.

Anthony Caso scored two goals for Hart (13-5-3 overall, 5-3-2 Foothill League) and Gabe Robinson and Harrison Sidell each added one to help score four unanswered goals.

Jonny Rose, Derek Waldeck and Sidell all had assists in the game.

Canyon’s Chad Ybarra scored on a penalty kick about 15 minutes in to give the Cowboys (6-17-4, 0-9-1) an early 1-0 lead.

Canyon ended up in last place in league.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Canyon head coach Lou Aguilera. “We just didn’t produce enough goals this year. We were in most games, we just could not finish.”

The Cowboys lost nine games in a row to finish the season after tying Golden Valley 0-0 to open league play on Jan. 8.

 

Golden Valley 2, Saugus 1

The Golden Valley Grizzlies can head into the offseason feeling pretty good after beating the Saugus Centurions 2-1 on Thursday at Saugus high School.

Sebastian Martinez scored both goals for Golden Valley (7-9-4, 2-5-3), including the game-winner with less than six minutes left.

Dominic Amara delivered the ball in to the center of the 18-yard box and Martinez finished the job.

“I didn’t see the team that was right there giving up,” said Golden Valley head coach Charles Martinez. “I told them to keep working and the second goal would come. They never gave up.”

It was a strong finish to the season for the Grizzlies, who also played league second-place West Ranch to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday.

Golden Valley finishes fifth place in the Foothill.

Saugus will end up in fourth place at 6-10-5, 3-5-2 in league play.

Zack Nua scored the goal for Saugus with a little less than 20 minutes left in the game. That tied the score at 1-1 after Martinez’s first goal early in the second half.

“It was a battle,” said Saugus head coach Seth Groller. “It honestly was a very good game and that’s the losing coach saying that. It was going back and forth with opportunities for both sides.”

After an 0-3 start to the league season and allowing 12 total goals in those three games, Saugus turned things around and nearly fought back into an automatic playoff spot.

“Knowing that in the last seven games we gave up four goals, that is respectable,” said Groller, who confirmed he did apply for an at-large postseason bid. “We played significantly better than coming out and going 0-3.”

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