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February 4, 2009 > Farmer boys only hope for Hayward soccer?

Farmer boys only hope for Hayward soccer?

By Tony Cogley

There are eight high school soccer teams inside the Hayward city limits, a boys and girls team each from Moreau Catholic, Mt. Eden, Tennyson and Hayward high schools. Of those eight, only one has a winning record, overall or in conference, leaving the remainder of this seasons head-to-head matches nightmarish at best for fans and players alike.

That team, the Hayward High boys, who finished in first place last season, is currently 6-2-4 in the Hayward Area athletic League (HAAL) and look to win out just to maintain their current fourth place standing, or even move up. However, with the three teams atop them having won their last 10 matches combined and a .750 winning percentage or above, fourth may be the best hope for them.

The Farmers drew ties in their last two matches to Tennyson, 2-2, on January 27, and Mt. Eden, 3-3, on January 29, and next take on Moreau Catholic, who sports a 0-11-0 in the HAAL this season. The Mariners lost both their matches this week to Castro Valley, 0-1, and San Lorenzo, 0-7, and have scored just one time in their last five games.

Mt. Eden boys got a bit of help this week. Besides the tie with Hayward, they were also able to pull out a 3-1 victory over Kennedy High of Richmond on January 30. While Tennyson, after their tie with Hayward, went on to lose to Castro Valley, 1-4, on January 29, and have now only one win in HAAL play.

The girls didn't fare much better this week, either. The Tennyson Lancer girls, who had three matches this week, drew two ties against Hayward, 0-0, and Holy Names, 0-0, and a loss to Castro Valley, 0-6. They now stand at 1-9-1 in HAAL play.

The Moreau Mariner girls sank to 2-6-0 after a 5-0 loss to Castro Valley, and a win over San Lorenzo, 1-0, on January 30.

Mt Eden's girls split the week, beating winless San Lorenzo, 1-0, on January 28, and losing to Hayward, 1-0, on January 30. They are currently in eighth place in the HAAL.

With Hayward teams playing second fiddle to the likes of Castro Valley and Bishop O' Dowd, it is obvious that something needs to change in the off season in order to validate the individual teams, and the HAAL with the North Coast Section. Until then, it is up to those Farmer boys to show California that Hayward is a legitimate place for high school soccer.

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