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February 10, 2010 > Prep soccer rundown

Prep soccer rundown

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

It's the final stretch of the high school soccer season and teams took the field during the week of Monday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 7, jockeying for position in the post season.

On Monday, Feb. 1, Hayward High School traveled to Mt. Eden High School and got its worst loss of the season, falling to the Monarchs 9-0. Hayward fell to San Leandro High School on the road, 4-0, on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Hayward, who has been playing with nine regular varsity players due to injuries and poor grades, this season has been a "total meltdown ... players are still quitting," according to Coach Armando Salinas.

Hayward lost to Mt. Eden again on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Monarchs home field, 4-1.

Mt. Eden's girls team didn't have the same success its boys team had on Monday, being shutout, 6-0, at Castro Valley High School. Also on Monday in Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) girls play, Moreau Catholic High School was victorious at home against San Lorenzo, 3-0. Bianca Lemus had two goals and an assist to lead the way for the Lady Mariners.

Moreau followed up its 3-0 win over San Lorenzo with a 6-1 win over San Leandro on Thursday, Feb. 4. Lemus led the way for the Mariners again, netting three goals along with one helper in the 6-1 drubbing.

Moreau Catholic's boys team didn't have the same success its girls team had last week, falling in its only game of the week, 1-0, on Thursday, Feb. 4, at home against Castro Valley.

Milpitas High School's girls and boys teams both took the field on their home turf on Tuesday, Feb. 2 - boys vs. Gunn High School; girls against Cupertino High School. Both teams played out to draws, earning a point. Against Gunn, the boys ended in a 1-1 stalemate; the girls played out to a scoreless affair.

On Thursday, Feb. 4, the Lady Trojans of Milpitas went to Lynbrook High School and doubled-up its Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) El Camino Division rival, 4-2. Haley Garvey and Natalie Minor both scored two in the winning effort. Meanwhile the Trojans boys soccer team remained at home and lost to its SCVAL rival Los Gatos High School, 1-0.

"We played very good with several excellent score opportunities," said Milpitas Coach William Leffler. "But it was just one of the games where you could see that if one went in it could change the force so that others would start going in."

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, in HAAL girls play, the Lady Monarchs of Mt. Eden got a taste of what the boys had two days prior. Against Tennyson High School, Mt. Eden throttled the Lady Lancers at home, 8-0. Stephanie Spiteri didn't need to record a save in earning the shutout.

In other HAAL girls action on Tuesday, San Leandro shut out the Lady Farmers at Hayward, 3-0. Hayward bounced back with a win over Mt. Eden on Thursday, Feb. 4, with a 2-1 home win over the Lady Monarchs.

Tennyson's boys team traveled to Arroyo High School on Friday, Feb. 5, and were tripled-up on the scoreboard, 6-2. Meanwhile, Moreau's boys team hosted San Lorenzo and were shutout by the visiting Rebels, 1-0.

Also on Tuesday, the girls in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) were setting themselves up for their league tournament which begins Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Newark Memorial High School beat out Mission San Jose High School, 1-0, at Tak Fudenna Stadium on the Washington High School campus. Following that 1-0 game was another one, with American High School prevailing over Irvington High School in the nightcap at Tak.

In the other MVAL girls showdown of the day, Washington went to James Logan High School and tied the Lady Colts, 2-2.

In the regular season finale for all the girls teams in the MVAL, the American ousted Newark Memorial, 2-0, at home; Logan beat Irvington handily, 4-0, at Tak; and Mission San Jose shutout John F. Kennedy High School, 2-0, in the Tak nightcap.

Going into the MVAL Shaughnessy playoffs, there is a logjam of quality teams at the top, with Mission (7-2-3), Washington (7-2-3) and Logan (7-3-2) claiming the top three spots, and American (6-2-4) just behind; Newark (5-4-3), JFK (0-9-3) and Irvington (0-10-2) round out the standings.

As for the boys of the MVAL, they too were positioning themselves for the Shaughnessy playoffs which begin on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

In the first day of games for the boys on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Newark Memorial hosted Mission San Jose and eked out a one-goal, 2-1 victory. Kristian Fuentes and Raymond Arzate scored for the Cougars in the win.

And at Tak on Wednesday, there was a doubleheader of boys play, with James Logan and Washington dueling it out in the opening match. Logan, behind a Luis Zavala goal, was able to hold off the home Huskies, 1-0. Brenden Tostado earned the shutout for the Colts, with two saves.

In the second game of the doubleheader at Tak, Irvington put home three goals en route to a 3-1 victory over American. Edgardo Cuellar led the way for the Vikings with two goals on the night.

MVAL's boys soccer finished up its regular season on Friday, Feb. 3, with three games.

Newark hosted American and trounced the Eagles, 6-0. Newark scored five first-half goals before coasting to the six-goal victory to end its season 8-1-3 in MVAL play. Six different Cougars scored in the win.

Logan secured first place in the MVAL with its 2-1 victory over Irvington at home. Juan Alvarado scored both goals for the Colts, leading his team to the regular-season crown.

And at Tak, Mission San Jose held on to a 2-1 victory over the third-place Titans of John F. Kennedy High.

Heading into the playoffs, three teams - Logan (9-1-2), Newark and JFK (7-4-1) - hold winning records; Mission (6-6-1), Irvington (4-7-1), Washington (3-7-1) and American (0-12-0) round out the league.

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