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February 22, 2011 > Cougars advance in NCS tourney

Cougars advance in NCS tourney

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Prep soccer's regular came and went in the North Coast Section, and beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 16, the top 16 boys and girls teams in divisions one and two began their quest for the NCS Championship. Only two local teams - Newark Memorial High School boys and James Logan High School girls - were able to advance to Round 2 on Saturday, Feb. 19. But it was Newark as the only local team to make it into the second week of the tourney.

DI Boys, Round 1
#2 Newark Memorial 7 vs. #15 College Park 1
Newark continued its string of high-scoring matches with its dismantling of College Park in Round 1 of the NCS tourney. Joel Sandoval netted three while Noe Ruiz put home a pair to pace the Cougars. Juan Perez and Edward Ramirez put home the others to help the Cougars advance to Round 2.

DI Boys, Round 2
#2 Newark Memorial 2 vs. # 10 Monte Vista 0
Newark continued its roll with a 2-0 triumph over the 10th seeded team in DI boys soccer. Newark scored a goal in each half -- Ruiz in the first half at the 24-minute mark; and team leader in goals Alfredo Navarro netted the second-half goal (Navarro and Ruiz assisted on each other's goals). Logan Lombana saved all six shots to get the clean sheet and send them to the NCS Semifinals (Feb. 23, at home vs. Clayton Valley High).

DI Girls, Round 1
#8 James Logan 3 vs. #9 Granada 1
In the only success for Mission Valley Athletic League in girls soccer, James Logan got out to an early lead and didn't look back. Chris Garingan-Fonte scored in the fifth minute (assisted by Olivia Lacayo) and Julia Shockley knocked in a free kick for a 2-0 lead in the eighth minute to ice the game. With Logan holding a 2-1 lead going into the second half, Kimber Lohman put the game away with her goal assisted by Gabrielle Stange for the 3-1 final.

In addition, non-local high schools out of the HAAL - No. 3 Castro Valley and No. 14 Arroyo - squared off at Castro Valley High. As expected - at least to the committee that seeded the event - the higher-seeded Castro Valley triumphed 2-0.

DI Girls, Round 2
#1 Carondelet 7 vs. #8 James Logan 1 @ De La Salle High
#3 Castro Valley 1 vs. #6 Heritage 2 @ Heritage High
Neither MVAL's Logan nor HAAL's Castro Valley could advance beyond the first round of the tourney. After their home win over Granada, Logan was shown the door in convincing fashion when the top-seeded Carondelet put a seven spot on them Saturday night. Castro Valley was upset by the sixth seed. The upset wasn't as harsh as the third seed had to go to Heritage for the match.

DII Boys, Round 1
Non-local HAAL schools Bishop O'Dowd and San Lorenzo advanced into Round 2 of the NCS tourney with wins over Concord (2-1) and Piedmont (1-0) respectively. O'Dowd, the fifth seed in DII, topped the 12th-seeded Concord at home, while No. 3 San Lorenzo ousted No. 14 Piedmont at Chabot College.

DII Boys, Round 2
#3 San Lorenzo 0 vs. #6 Dublin 2 @ Chabot
#4 Albany 1 vs. #5 Bishop O'Dowd 0
Both HAAL representatives that advanced to the second round of the boys DII soccer tourney were sent packing after they were both dealt shutout losses.

DII Girls, Round 1
No local teams are part of the girls DII NCS soccer tourney. However, Bishop O'Dowd, representing the HAAL, goes into the tourney as the top seed. They cruised in their first-round match against No. 16 seed Mt. Diablo High School, 3-0.

DII Girls, Round 2
Moving into the second round of the tourney, O'Dowd drew No. 9 seed St. Mary's College out of the BSAL. It was another easy 3-0 win for O'Dowd who advanced to the NCS Semifinals where they will host No. 5 Alhambra High on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

For a complete rundown of the local schools' NCS soccer tournament scores, including the outcome of James Logan, Hayward, John F. Kennedy and Mt. Eden boys, as well as Irvington and American high schools girls, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website at http://sports.tricityvoice.com.

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