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Prep boys soccer: Hart overwhelms

Indians prove too much for Workman

Posted: February 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Hart defender Jonathan Rose (left) celebrates after he scores a goal with teammate Anthony Caso (right) on Wednesday.

 

Hart Indians boys soccer carried its late-season momentum into the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs, cruising to a 2-0 home victory over the Workman High Lobos on Wednesday afternoon at Hart.

“It’s a lot of fun, we are playing really well right now,” said Indians freshman midfielder Derek Waldeck, who finished Wednesday’s game with an assist. “We’ve started communicating better and we are playing up to the level we knew we could originally.”

After entering the Foothill League season as the favorites to capture a league title, Hart (14-5-3 overall) struggled to a disappointing third place finish. But since the start of February, the Indians seemed to have regained their footing.

Unfortunately for the Lobos, that trend continued on Wednesday.

Hart’s offense began with forwards Anthony Caso and Riley Waldeck, who broke the game open with their hustle and uptempo attacks.

After the Lobos (10-8-3) managed to squash multiple promising chances for the Indians in the early stages of the first half, the Indians took a 1-0 lead when senior midfielder Harrison Sidell headed in a 30-yard throw-in from teammate Gabriel Robinson in the 19th minute.

It didn’t take long for Hart to find the net again.

Just three minutes after taking the lead, the Indians virtually put the game away when Derek Waldeck found Hart senior defender Jonathan Rose on a corner to bring the score to 2-0.

“They obviously had a lot more size than us, and their backs made a big impact whether it was that throw-in or the second goal,” said Workman head coach Lori Larsen. “There wasn’t a team of this caliber in our league, no. The level of play was definitely higher than we probably expected.”

Rose and Robinson made Hart senior goalkeeper Matt Ortiz’s job considerably easier, too, thwarting nearly every potential attack Workman threw at them. Such a performance can be reflected in the 9-2 shot discrepancy between the two teams.

While no goals were scored in the second half, Hart wasn’t any less dominant than it had been early on.

Caso’s high motor wore out opponents, while Derek Waldeck’s ball control in the midfield gave the Indians a considerable advantage in ball possession.

“The last four games our confidence has been a little better,” said Hart head coach Adonay Jovel. “Through practice we’ve established a nice offensive gameplan, and our ground game has been dominant.”

Since Feb. 1, the Indians are 3-0-1 and have outscored opponents 11-2.

Unfortunately for Hart, it will only get tougher from here on out.

Robinson appeared to re-tweak the hamstring that kept him sidelined for much of the season.

That’s compounded by the fact that the Indians are on the road Friday against a tough Beverly Hills squad.

Luckily, the Indians don’t lack confidence.

“We know most teams can’t run for all 80 minutes of a game, and we’ve been taking advantage of that” Caso said. “Since the West Ranch loss earlier this season we’ve been a different, better team.”


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