February 1, 2011 > Prep Soccer
By Sida Lu and Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photo by Mike Heightchew
High school soccer -- both boys and girls -- continued in the Mission Valley and Hayward Area athletic leagues as some teams looked towards NCS while others just looked for a victory.
American met Mission San Jose at Mission and exploited an early defense lapse by Mission San Jose to jump up 3-0 in the first half against goalkeeper Kylie Moltzen and the Warriors. Mission San Jose goalkeeper Taygan Grundy took over the second half and had herself a 6 save shutout. The American defense held firm, however, and Mission fell 3-0. Kennedy hosted Washington in hopes of finally getting in the win column but to no avail as they allowed the Huskies to take 23 shots. 2 went in for Washington's 2-0 win. Logan and Irvington rounded off Tuesday's action as Logan jumped out to an early lead with Paloma Zermeno's first goal. Irvington would battle back to score on a penalty kick but Logan's Kimber Lohman and Paloma Zermeno each scored a goal to give Logan the 3-1 victory.
Mission San Jose came off of its loss against Logan with a 2-1 victory over Newark Memorial and goalkeeper Taygan Grundy had another 6 shot shutout to preserve the victory. Second place American met third place Washington at the Huskie's home field and battled to a 1-1 draw. Finally, Kennedy got its first league non-loss by tying Irvington 1-1, despite only getting 5 shots off.
James Logan's boys tallied nine goals in two wins in MVAL action this week -- a 5-2 win over Mission San Jose on Wednesday, Jan. 26, and a 4-0 home victory over Irvington on Friday, Jan. 28. Trailing 2-0 at the half against Mission, Miguel Montoya and Juan Carlos Romero-Pacheco scored a pair. Gustavo Ulloa assisted on two goals; Octavio Lopez sealed the game with Logan's fifth.
Lopez, Montoya and Ulloa all scored in the 4-0 rout of Irvington on Friday. Cristian Alvarado chipped in with a goal of his own, while the duo of Alex Valdovinos and Kyle Doser combined for the clean sheet.
Now 6-1 in MVAL play, Logan is just a game behind the league leading Newark Memorial Cougars, who improved to 7-0 in league with two blowout wins. On Wednesday Newark topped Irvington 6-0 and two days later, the Cougars blasted Washington 5-0. Danny Villa and Noe Ruiz both netted a pair, with Erick de la Pena and Alfredo Navarro getting the others; Logam Lombana earned the clean sheet.
Logan Lombana earned another clean sheet against Washington, while five different Cougars were scoring goals. De la Pena, Ruiz, Edward Ramirez, Juan Perez and Joel Sandoval scored; Navarro tallied two helpers.
League winless Tennyson received a forfeit from the also winless Holy Names Monarchs in a non-league bout two days prior due to a lack of players for the Monarchs. Tennyson quickly got back on the losing track, however, losing to San Lorenzo 4-2 despite taking more shots than San Lorenzo. Moreau Catholic matched up against Hayward in an even match but was able to pull away 3-2 due to some early offense.
San Lorenzo traveled to play at San Leandro but were overwhelmed by the San Leandro Pirates and lost in a 3-0 shutout. Castro Valley handed Arroyo their first league loss and fourth overall in a 2-0 shutout after scoring in both periods. Bishop O'Dowd leads the HAAL at 5-0-0.
In a light week of action for HAAL boys soccer, Mt. Eden jumped into first place in the league with a pair of wins. On Wednesday, the Monarchs topped Bishop O'Dowd who, at the time, was neck and neck with Mt. Eden, by a 3-1 score.
Mt. Eden followed up that victory with a 2-0 win over Moreau Catholic High on Jan. 27. Also in HAAL play, Tennyson fell 4-1 to San Lorenzo on Jan. 25.