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December 9, 2009 > Boys soccer recap

Boys soccer recap

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

After taking a mini break from play, prep soccer got back into full swing on Monday, Nov. 30. It was a week to forget for most of the local boys teams.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, of the four games played, only Newark Memorial High School prevailed, beating Alameda High School, 2-0. Kristian Fuentes and Manuel Villagran netted first-half goals as the Cougars cruised to the shutout victory.

In other action on Monday, Irvington High School was ousted by Deer Valley High School, 5-1; Arroyo High School outlasted James Logan High School, 1-0; and Las Lomas High School downed Tennyson High School, 3-1.

A day after Newark Memorial won impressively, they were stunned by a four-goal margin, 5-1, against Granada High School. Edward Ramirez had the lone goal for the Cougars.

Irvington's woes continued on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as well. They dropped another lopsided affair, 4-1 to Acalanes High School. Austin Deback put home two goals to pace the Dons attack.

Mt. Eden High School notched its first win of the early season with a 2-0 shutout of Piedmont High School on Tuesday afternoon. Also on Tuesday, Mission San Jose High School remained unbeaten at 2-0-1 with a 0-0 draw to Campolindo High School.

On Wednesday night, Dec. 2, James Logan bounced back from their defeat to Arroyo with a convincing 3-1 win over John F. Kennedy High School of Richmond. Gustavo Ulloa put home the games first goal in the 18th minute, and sealed the victory with a goal in the 68th minute to propel the Colts to victory.

Gerrardo Guerra scored the Colts' second goal in the 60th minute, and Juan Alvarado had two helpers as Logan upped its record to 3-3 with the win.

Also on Wednesday, John F. Kennedy High School of Fremont traveled to San Jose to take on James Lick High School and was doubled up, 4-2. James Lick raced out to a 3-1 halftime lead and Kennedy couldn't mount a second-half comeback as they dropped to 0-1 on the year.

In Central Coast Section play, Milpitas High School opened its soccer season with a 0-0 draw against Cupertino High School. With a depleted roster, Milpitas wasn't able to hang with Leland High School the following day, dropping a 2-0 defeat to go to 0-1-1 on the year.

Mt. Eden evened its season record at 2-2 with their second win of the week, this one a 1-0 victory over Campolindo High School.

Logan continued their up-and-down play this season with a 1-0 loss to Foothill High School on Thursday night on their home field. Meanwhile, Mission San Jose also dropped a 1-0 game - the first loss of the season for the Warriors - courtesy of Clayton Valley High School

In other action Thursday, Newark Memorial drew even with Richmond High School, 0-0. Salvador Colin saved eight shots for the Cougars to earn the point; Washington High School fell to the hands of Berkeley High School, 5-0.

In the only match on Friday, Dec. 4, for local teams, Tennyson throttled Encinal High School, 5-1. Rafael Arenas led the way for the Lancers, recording a hat trick (three goals) while Mani Nathaniel and Rafael Garcia each put in one.

James Logan fell victim to another 1-0 defeat on Saturday, Dec. 5, this time to Richmond High School. Alex Valdovinos stopped seven shots for the Colts despite the loss.

Irvington earned themselves a draw on Saturday afternoon. Emil Yassin netted a late second-half goal for the Vikings to draw even with their opponents from De Anza High School. Juan Granados assisted on Yassin's goal to improve Irvington's record to 2-3-2.

The dynamic duo of Fuentes and Ramirex were back at it for Newark Memorial on Saturday. The two tallied a goal each as the Cougars got back on the winning track, downing San Leandro High School 2-0. Rick Villa's team improved to 6-1-1 with the victory.

In other action on Saturday, Dec. 5, Mt. Eden was downed by Albany High School, 3-1, dropping to 2-3 on the year; Washington was shutout for the second consecutive game, 3-0 to San Ramon Valley High School.

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