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December 23, 2009 > Prep soccer recap

Prep soccer recap

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

Hayward High School girls soccer got their week started strong with a lopsided nonconference win over Encinal High School, 4-1, on Monday, Dec. 14.

Meanwhile, in other girls action on Monday, Laura Burckhart came up from her sweeper position to score the game winner for Moreau Catholic High School in the 70th minute against Mt. Eden High School. Moreau went on to win, 2-1. Bianca Lemus had the Lady Mariners first goal.

"We didn't play particularly well," said Moreau Coach Andrew Hulbert. "But we battled and did just enough (to win)."

Moreau and Mt. Eden boys soccer teams also met on Monday afternoon in Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) play. The two would both net a pair of goals in a 2-2 draw at Moreau.

In other boys action on Monday, Milpitas High School, still short on players, got two goals from freshman Ben Leung (both assisted by junior Andrew Shin) to beat Homestead High School, 2-0.

"Much better play by those who have been playing and learning the system," said Milpitas Coach William Leffler. "And the defense played more aggressively, keeping scoring opportunities to a minimum."

It was all girls soccer on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

In HAAL play, Hayward followed up its three-goal win over Encinal with a 1-1 tie against league foe, Arroyo High School. Amanda Murillo's second-half goal for Arroyo earned the split. And Tennyson High School, in non-HAAL play, got shut out by Richmond High School, 6-0.

There was also a full slate of Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) games in girls soccer on Tuesday.

Washington High School, led by Paige Diamond's three-goal outburst, was able to fend off John F. Kennedy High School, 3-0. Michelle Gent recorded one save in earning the shutout.

Jessica Hernandez scored in the eighth minute for Newark Memorial High School as they outlasted Irvington High School, 1-0. Jessica Espinosa got the clean sheet, and has yet to allow a goal this season.

And Mission San Jose High School, behind a strong effort by Allison Day in net (12 saves), was able to hold off a relentless James Logan High School offense to notch a scoreless tie.

In other play, American High School girls soccer, in non-MVAL play, blasted Alameda High School, 5-0. Donna Williams played stellar in goal for the Eagles.

Milpitas girls traveled to Live Oak High School on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and got trounced by the Acorns, 7-1. Mari Mendizabal netted the only goal for the Lady Trojans.

Carlos Padilla put home a goal for Tennyson (assisted by Jordany Rios) to pull the Lancers even with San Leandro High School in a Wednesday, Dec. 16, HAAL boys showdown. The game would end in a 1-1 tie.

Arroyo's boys team was able to one-up Hayward, 1-0, on the Farmers home field on Wednesday.

In MVAL boys play on Wednesday, Newark Memorial, behind a two-goal effort from Kristian Fuentes, was able to shut down Irvington at Tak Fudenna Stadium, 3-0. Manuel Villagran had the Cougars' third goal.

Also at Tak on Wednesday night, Washington and Kennedy ended in a stalemate, 0-0. And James Logan, at their home field in Union City, was able to oust the up-and-coming Mission San Jose Warriors, 3-0. Diego Hernandez, Jorge Valdovinos and Gerardo Guerra scored as the Colts moved to 2-0 in MVAL play.

Andrea Bonilla netted two, and Megan Liebowitz put home one, as the Lady Huskies held serve at their home stadium at Washington High School, beating Newark Memorial, 3-0. Vianey Lopez saved four in the shutout victory on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Following the Huskies win on Tak, the Lady Colts of James Logan did a number on Kennedy, running circles around the Lady Titans, winning 7-1. Logan had five goal scorers, including Paloma Zermeno and Chrisalyn Garingan, who each had two.

"I really admire the spirit and sportsmanship of Kennedy that would not give up even though they were being outscored," said Logan coach Tony Villasenor. "I really have a lot of respect for the coaches, especially David (Tapia) and the Kennedy team. I can see that they are getting better and they should not be underestimated."

In other MVAL girls soccer action, Mission San Jose and American dueled to a 1-1 draw. Anita Kavalan scored for the Lady Warriors. And in non-MVAL play, Irvington was dropped by the Lady Trojans at Milpitas High, 2-0. Mendizabal and Kelly Forsyth were the goal scorers.

Tennyson went to Hayward High in the only HAAL girls soccer action on Thursday. Hayward used its home-field edge to blowout the Lancers, 4-0. The win was Hayward's first in league play, improving to 1-1-2; Tennyson dropped to 0-3 in the league.

On Friday, Dec. 18, Mt. Eden's girls were able to hold off Redwood Christian in nonleague play, 1-0. Meanwhile in HAAL boys action, Hayward ousted Tennyson, 3-0.

All other action on Friday took place in the boys MVAL. Mission San Jose improved to 3-1 in league play with a 2-0 win over American; Logan, with goals from three different players -- Jorge Valdovinos, Diego Hernandez and Miguel Reynoso -- stayed perfect in league play, beating Kennedy 3-1; and Newark Memorial put in four goals from four different players in a 4-1 win over Washington.

Milpitas' boys team traveled to Amador Valley High School on Saturday, Dec. 19, and had a set back, falling to the Dons on the road, 3-0.

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