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February 5, 2013 > MSJ Soccer celebrates its Seniors

MSJ Soccer celebrates its Seniors

By Kenny Jacoby

The Mission San Jose Warriors soccer teams honored their graduating senior players this week in two hard-fought games with the largest fan turnouts of the season. The MenÕs Varsity squad took on the American Eagles on Wednesday, and the WomenÕs Varsity team played the Kennedy Titans on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the MenÕs team dominated the first half, creating numerous scoring opportunities that they just could not capitalize on. With minutes to go in the first half and the score tied 0-0, a fight broke out between the two teams which led to a red card given to both sides. Both the Warriors and the Eagles would have to play the second half down one player.

The Eagles jumped out quick in the second half, scoring on a perfectly placed shot from near the endline into the top panel of the net. Mission San Jose had to come from behind, but did not panic. They created several opportunities on corner kicks and long throw-ins, but to no avail. Finally, about halfway through the first half, the Warriors loaded the penalty box with eight players for a long throw from Senior Martin Padilla. Padilla launched the ball to the edge of the eight-yard box, and Senior Captain Kenny Jacoby connected with a header into the back of the net.

With the score tied 1-1, neither team would let up in the heated match. Mission San Jose goalkeeper and Senior Captain Eamon Jahani made multiple spectacular saves on breakaways by the Eagles. With just seconds left in the game, Senior Noah Yang had a full-sprint breakaway that resulted in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the American goalie made a clutch diving save to stop the shot and save the game. The exhilarating game ended in a 1-1 draw, but all the eleven MSJ seniors were satisfied with the tremendous fan support.

The WomenÕs Varsity team dismantled the Kennedy Titans on Thursday, largely due to phenomenal efforts from their eight graduating seniors. The Warriors kept the ball in the opposing half for nearly the entire game, creating numerous scoring opportunities. Senior Captain Kristin Moyer had a sensational game, scoring two goals in the first half and getting the entire crowd on its feet. But Moyer and the girls were far from finished.

The Warriors came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, with precision passing and a shutdown defense led by Senior Taylor Garden. Moyer matched her two goals in the first half with two more in the second, for an unprecedented four goals. Sophomore Sharan Singh had two assists, and Junior Juliana McCuaig added another assist. Goalkeeper and Senior Captain Kylie Moltzen held her clean sheet for 66 minutes, before Sophomore Courtney Facha took over and completed the shutout. Each keeper made two saves, a testament to the top-notch Warrior defense. The 4-0 victory was an ideal way to honor the eight Mission San Jose seniors.

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