With both teams entering Friday afternoon's match at Golden Valley high school in search of their first Foothill League victory, the Valencia Vikings and Golden Valley Grizzlies boys soccer teams played urgently, aggressively and passionately - and there were plenty of goals scored and yellow cards issued to reflect it.
The Golden Valley girls soccer program's list of achievements is a short one that probably begins with its 2-1 victory over the Valencia Vikings two years ago on Jan. 26, 2012 - its only win ever against a Foothill League opponent.
After one day of Foothill League boys and girls soccer action, it's completely clear that nothing is clear.
Led by Offensive Player of the Year honors for Hart senior running back Connor Wingenroth and Coach of the Year honors for Indians head coach Mike Herrington, the Santa Clarita Valley represented itself well with the release of the 2013-14 All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division football selections on Monday.
For Valencia Vikings seniors Sammy Simon, Rebecca Harrison, and Eryn Spencer, the 2013-14 Foothill League girls soccer season was supposed to be their moment.
The Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team came out with a purpose on Thursday night at Canyon High School.
Golden Valley boys soccer coach Juan Paolo believes his Grizzlies can make noise in the Foothill League this year, and Wednesday's showing against Santa Paula High at Golden Valley High School in the team's preseason finale will do little to change that belief.
The best doubles team in the Santa Clarita Valley didn't play a single regular season match during the 2013 girls tennis season.
On a singles lineup as dominant as Hart's was this past season, it's hard to stand out.
Beating state powerhouse Chaminade proved too tall a task for the West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team.
The Santa Clarita Valley prides itself on its standard of excellence in high school sports.
Hart boys basketball head coach Tom Kelly has a talented squad in Newhall this year, and it can run.
The Hart Indians boys soccer team saved its best for first on Friday morning at The Master's College, and there was little the Saugus Centurions could do about it.
Sometimes box scores can be misleading.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team was wildly successful a season ago, and it's finding out just how hard it is to replicate that success to begin the 2013-14 season.
Fair and even competition brings out the best in everyone, but it's taken for granted how hard it is to plan accordingly at the high school level.
Sophie Cortes is hard to spot when the Hart Indians girls soccer team takes the field.
On Jan. 21, the Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team lost a home contest to Foothill League power and top dog Valencia.
Winning a Foothill League soccer championship requires a lot of things, including the ability to get the job done when needed, and on Tuesday many teams showed that they have what it takes to get that job done.
The College of the Canyons men's basketball team likely entered its home matchup with Santa Barbara City College confident that it could handle the lowly 1-16 Vaqueros.
Late in Wednesday's matchup between the College of the Cougars and Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros women's basketball teams, COC point guard Shawn Kolani had the ball in her hands with the game on the line.
It's been said that the game slows down for great players.
To begin the Foothill League girls soccer season, the Valencia Vikings squeaked past the Saugus by a single goal in a thriller at Valencia High School on Jan. 14.
Few teams have tested the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals girls soccer team this season.
Foothill League soccer coaches constantly reiterate the lack of predictability during the season, and Tuesday's action reinforced and refuted those claims simultaneously.
With both teams entering Tuesday's contest at Golden Valley High School without a Foothill League win, the Saugus Centurions and Golden Valley Grizzlies girls soccer teams saw in each other an opportunity for a major breakthrough.
The Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals boys soccer team has struggled this season, and after taking the field shorthanded on Monday against Yeshiva University of Los Angeles those struggles continued.
Where and when the Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team's season will end will remain a mystery until it happens, but looking ahead it's hard for Canyon fans not to be excited about the team's potential to win big matches late in the season.
Old rivals die hard, and such was the case with the visiting Biola Eagles women's basketball team visiting The Master's College on Saturday evening at The Master's College.
West Ranch showed it can score, Canyon showed it can pick up a league win, and Hart further demonstrated that it might be the team to beat on Friday.