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December 18, 2012 > Mission San Jose Soccer Starts Season Strong

Mission San Jose Soccer Starts Season Strong

By Kenny Jacoby

The Women's Varsity season opener was on Tuesday at Tak Fudenna Stadium against the Washington Huskies. Mission San Jose was notably missing one of its star players, Senior Kristin Moyer, who went down with a knee injury at the end of the preseason. The Warriors put up a strong fight, but the ball rolled in the Huskies' favor. Powered by two goals from Washington's Senior Megan Ravenscroft, Washington took the win on opening night, by a final of 2 to 0.

The Men's Varsity season opener was on Wednesday, also at Tak, and they also battled Washington. After a stone cold defensive first half, the score was stuck at 0 to 0. But early in the second half, Washington struck first as a shot by Senior Kevin Sanchez caught MSJ keeper Senior Eamon Jahani off guard, and slipped in for a goal. However, the Warriors would respond quickly, as Senior Noah Yang launched a deep free kick from the 35 yard line past the Washington goalkeeper and into the corner of the net, tying the score at one apiece. Later in the half, Jahani was awarded a yellow card for a controversial foul in the penalty box, and Washington was given a penalty kick. Senior Brandon Facha replaced Jahani in goal, and made a spectacular save on a powerful shot to the right post. Despite a red card for MSJ head coach Al Garcia with minutes to go, the game ended in a 1 to 1 draw.

On Thursday, Women's Varsity took on the Irvington Vikings at Tak, and this time they emerged victorious. Midway through the first half, Mission San Jose defender Senior Elim Yang was on the receiving end of a corner kick, which she volleyed with her knee and buried into the back of the net. The shot was perfectly placed where the goalkeeper had no chance of saving. Mission San Jose keeper Senior Kylie Moltzen also had a flawless game, saving more than a dozen shots on goal and maintaining a clean sheet, clinching the 1 to 0 victory for the Warriors.

On Friday, Men's Varsity dismantled the Irvington Vikings at Tak. Both MSJ's defense and offensive attacks were on point, even despite missing Junior Sid Ambulkar at the sweeper position due to a knee injury. Sophomore forward Andrew Chang struck first for MSJ, burying a ricocheted ball into the goal midway through the first half. Noah Yang added the second goal shortly thereafter, after a breakaway and a booming shot squirted past the keeper. Junior Khiem Lu tacked on the third goal with just seconds to go in the first half, after a shot from Yang bounced off the hands of the diving keeper and landed at Lu's feet. The 3 to 0 halftime lead would hold for the remainder of the game, as MSJ took home its first victory of the regular season.

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