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December 17, 2008 > Trojans gaining experience

Trojans gaining experience

By Biff Jones

Milpitas High boys soccer entered play last weekend at 5-0-1 as they continued the 2008-2009 nonconference schedule.

On Thursday, Dec. 11, the Trojans hosted Mountain View from the El Camino Division (ELD) of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL). After a scoreless first half, Mountain View tallied twice in the second half for a 2-0 victory as the Trojans suffered more early-season injuries and were playing without six of their starters.

On Friday, Dec. 12, Milpitas traveled to Homestead of Cupertino, another ELD foe, and fell behind 1-0 by halftime. In the second half, the Trojans picked up the pace and scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. However, they would lose the "W" when Homestead converted a penalty kick in the last minute of play as darkness fell just after 5 p.m. to suspend the game at 2-2.

The two teams met up again early Saturday morning, Dec. 13, to settle the contest with a penalty-kick shootout. Homestead won the shootout, 8-7, winning the game.

As if two games in as many days weren't enough, Milpitas hosted the Amador Valley Dons of Pleasanton on Saturday afternoon. Three games in as many days proved too much for the depleted Trojans, as they dropped their third consecutive game.

The Trojans were unable to contain the taller Dons in the opening half when the Dons scored twice. In the second half, Milpitas tightened up their defense and shut down Amador Valley, while scoring a goal of their own. But it was too little, too late, and the Trojans' record fell to 5-3-1 with the 2-1 defeat.

According to Head Coach Bill Leffler, "It helped all of those who normally do not get lots of playing time and gave us some more options when the starters are available again."

Milpitas plays in the tough De Anza Division of the SCVAL, which also includes Fremont of Sunnyvale, Gunn of Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Monta Vista of Cupertino, Palo Alto and Santa Clara.

The Trojans travel to Gunn on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m., hoping to snap their three-game slide. They round out the week at home against Los Gatos on Friday, Dec. 19, at 3:30 p.m.

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