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February 15, 2011 > Prep soccer recap

Prep soccer recap

By Sida Lu and Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Regular season play has come to a halt for both the Mission Valley and Hayward Area athletic leagues. Here's how the final week of action played out, and which teams will be representing their respective league in the North Coast Section tournament beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16.

All the focus of MVAL boys action through the end of the regular season is on Newark Memorial High School. In their regular season finale, the Cougars (20-3, 10-0 MVAL) blasted John F. Kennedy High School, 6-0. Joel Sandoval and Edward Ramirez both scored twice; Noe Ruiz and Jorge Alcaraz put in the others; and Logan Lombana saved three while recording the clean sheet.

James Logan High (12-7-2, 7-3 MVAL) gave Newark the toughest time in league. The Colts finished its regular season on Feb. 9 with a 3-1 win over Washington High School, notching all three goals in the first half: Juan Carlos Romero-Pacheco in the ninth; Juan Alvarado in the 29th; and Christian Alvarado in the 38th. Brenden Tostado and Alex Valdovinos combined for four saves and the shutout.

Mission San Jose continued its slide with a 2-1 loss to Irvington, their third loss in a row. Newark Memorial ran into the Logan buzzsaw and were destroyed 4-1 as Logan continued its undefeated league season. Kennedy and American rounded things off as American completed a shutout. American goalkeeper Melissa Grey had four saves while Kelsi Calhoun, Urena Melissa, and Elizabeth Mooney had a goal apiece to lead the Lady Eagles to victory and keep the Titans winless in league.

Thursday featured the end of the last streak of futility in the Tri-Cities as Kennedy notched their first league win in a 1-0 victory over Newark Memorial. Logan completed its first ever league undefeated season and first ever league title with an 8-0 romp over Mission San Jose. Six different players scored, highlighted by Chris Garingan and Paloma Zermeno's two goals apiece. Colts goalkeeper Sarena Sanchez had three saves while the Colts offense took 20 shots on a beleaguered Warriors defense. The Irvington Vikings kept their momentum going and utilized their defense to keep the Huskies scoreless in a 4-0 victory. Irvington goalkeeper Haley Widger had 10 saves to anchor the defense, while Heidi Moreno, Melissa Heaton, and Shayla Funk kept the offense rolling. American made use of its by week by scheduling about against HAAL team Moreau Catholic. American won, 3-0.

Logan took the MVAL crown with a 12-0-0 league season; American came in second at 6-3-3.

Local teams struggled for success in Hayward Area action; the final week of the regular season was no different. Mt. Eden High School did muster a tie in its game on Feb. 8 at Arroyo High School with a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, also on Feb. 8, Tennyson High School (at San Leandro) and Hayward High (vs. Castro Valley) played to 1-1 and 0-0 draws respectively.

Also on Feb. 8, Moreau Catholic was crushed by Bishop O'Dowd High School, 3-0 to continue its losing ways. Moreau Catholic is now 2-12-2 on the campaign. A day later on Feb. 9, Hayward went on the road and was handed a 4-0 loss by San Lorenzo. Hayward (11-5-3, 10-5 HAAL) still, after the loss, had hopes of making the cut for an NCS bid.

Wrapping up the action for the final week of the regular season, Moreau dropped its second of the week -- this a 2-0 defeat to Arroyo at home on Feb. 10. Tennyson fell 3-1 to Bishop O'Dowd on Thursday, as well. And Mt. Eden ended its regular campaign on a high note, winning 2-1 at home over San Lorenzo.

Arroyo played its last league game of the season against Mt. Eden, prevailing over the Monarchs 4-0. Bianca Munoz had two goals and Karla Uribe and Berenica Pena had a goal apiece to pace the Dons to victory. Tennyson had ended its futility streak a week prior but was unable to keep the momentum rolling as the Lancers fell to Redwood Christian 2-1. Castro Valley showed off just how dominant they can be with an 8-0 thumping of a pretty good Hayward team.

Castro Valley continued its winstreak with an 2-0 victory over San Leandro. Tennyson rounded things off with a 1-1 tie with non-league Pittsburgh. On the season, Castro Valley edged Bishop O'Dowd by a mere .06 percentage points to take first in the HAAL at 12-1-0 and a win percentage of 0.923. Bishop O'Dowd came in second at 11-1-0 and 0.917. Arroyo rounded things off in third place.

Mt. Eden, James Logan and Newark Memorial all advanced to the North Coast Section Championships in Division I for the boys, John F. Kennedy and Hayward will enter the tourney in Division II for boys. In the girls tourney, Irvington, James Logan and American will take part in the DI tourney. Log onto to find out each team's pairings and scores. NCS starts Wednesday, Feb. 16.

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