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December 16, 2009 > Prep soccer rundown

Prep soccer rundown

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Moreau Catholic High School girls soccer got their week of play started on the right foot. On Monday, Dec. 7, the Lady Mariners ousted Oakland Tech at home, 5-1. Bianca Lemus took control of the game after a sluggish beginning for Moreau.

Lemus, who assisted on Marilyn Muhr's 16th-minute goal, tallied three of her own in a 10-minute span to give the Mariners a commanding 4-1 lead. With the game tied at 1-1, Lemus netting the eventual game winner in the 40th minute off a Jessica Marin pass.

Muhr assisted on Lemus' second goal in the 44th minute; Laura Burckhart assisted Lemus' 50th-minute goal to earn the hat trick. Nicole Stone scored off an Anna Martin delivery to conclude Moreau's offensive output in the 53rd minute.

In other girls action on Monday, James Logan High School drew even with Amador Valley High School at Logan, 1-1.

Olivia Lacayo scored Logan's lone goal in the 21st minute, giving Coach Antonio Villasenor's Lady Colts a brief 1-0 edge. Amador scored eight minutes later to pull even, and the defenses took over from there.

"For the past couple of years, Amador has shut us out," said Villasenor, whose team lost 5-0 to Amador last season. "So I feel that the girls are finally doing great things."

In other action on Monday, Moreau Catholic's boys team downed St. Joseph High School, 4-0, at home.

Girls were center stage on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Mission San Jose High School began Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) play with a 1-0 shutout of Irvington High School at Tak Fudenna Stadium. Taylor Jackson's goal, assisted by Amrun Singh, proved to be enough offense as Allison Day only needed two saves to earn the shutout for the Lady Warriors.

In other MVAL girls action on Tuesday, Washington High School went to American High School and tied the Eagles, 2-2. Paige Diamond and Tamara Achanzar scored for the Huskies in their league opener.

And Newark Memorial High School got their MVAL season started on the right track with a 3-1 victory over John F. Kennedy High School. Lauren Duque had a goal in each half; Emily Kirk had three assists; and Taylor Hollis tallied the game-winning goal to lead the Cougars to victory.

Mt. Eden High School upped its record to 2-1 on the year with a non-Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) contest vs. Ygnacio Valley, scoring two second-half goals en route to a 2-0 victory.

Moreau Catholic, a day after scoring five against Oakland Tech, doubled their output against HAAL foe Tennyson High School. The Lady Mariners found the back of the net 10 times on 19 shots improving to 4-4-1 with the 10-0 win. Lemus led the rout with three goals and two assists.

In Central Coast Section (CCS) play, in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL), Milpitas High School girls beat Piedmont Hills High School, 3-1. Haley Garvey had two goals -- Lora Lee the other -- to lead the Trojans.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Mt. Eden's girls teams fell back to .500 with a 1-0 loss in HAAL play to San Leandro High School.

Also on Wednesday, Milpitas' boys team dropped a tough one to Andrew Hill High School, 1-0. But the Trojans (whose football team won the CCS title and await a potential state bowl game) are without four players - three starters - that are on the football team and are ineligible until football season officially ends. They are also without four other players who are in the latter stage of the season with their respective clubs.

Playing with five freshmen and three sophomores that have no varsity experience heading into this season, Coach William Leffler feels "they have done a really nice job" weathering the storm in wait for their regular starters. "We are hoping for a much better approach starting league play in January," Leffler added.

In HAAL boys action on Wednesday, Bishop O'Dowd High School downed Hayward High School, 2-1; Castro Valley High School ousted Mt. Eden, 5-1; and Moreau -- like the girls -- shutout Tennyson, but just by a goal, 1-0.

MVAL boys teams matched up on Wednesday, with Mission San Jose handing Irvington High School a 4-0 defeat, upping their record to 3-2-1; Newark Memorial, behind a Manuel Villagran second-half goal, shutout Kennedy, 1-0; and in non-MVAL action, Clayton Valley's two second-half goals were enough to beat Logan, 2-0.

Milpitas' boys team was unable to get on the board again in their match up on Thursday, Dec. 10, with Oak Grove High School. In HAAL action on Thursday, San Lorenzo High School knocked off Tennyson's girls team, 4-0; Hayward and Moreau Catholic girls dueled to a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, in girls MVAL play on Thursday evening, American improved to 1-0-1 in league play with a 1-0 victory over Logan; Irvington and Kennedy settled for a scoreless tie; and Mission San Jose shutout its second opponent in a row, this time a 3-0 win over Washington. Singh led the Lady Warriors with two goals, while Day and Kylie Moltzen combined for nine saves and the clean sheet.

MVAL boys returned to the pitch on Friday, Dec. 11. Irvington's Michael Hawn made seven stops on eight shots. Unfortunately for Hawn and the Vikings, that one goal was all Kennedy needed to earn its first win of the season, 1-0.

In HAAL play on Friday, Hayward's boys beat Moreau Catholic, 3-0. Jose Perez led the Farmers with two goals to earn its first league win of the early season. Meanwhile, San Lorenzo netted two goals in each half en route to a 4-1 victory over Tennyson.

Also on Friday, Milpitas girls drew even with Overfelt High School, 1-1. Lora Lee scored a first-half goal for the Lady Trojans, but the Royals got a late goal to pull even, and earn the tie.

Logan opened its MVAL season with a convincing 4-0 victory over the Eagles of American High. Noe Franco, Gustavo Ulloa, Juan Alvarado and Jorge Valdovinos each scored a goal for the Colts in the victory. Alex Valdovinos saved all three shots for the shutout.

Logan's next opponent, Mission San Jose, improved to 2-0 in MVAL play with a 3-2 home win over the Huskies of Washington High.

And to conclude play for the week, on Saturday, Dec. 12, Kevin Ho scored three goals for Monte Vista High School to lead the way for the Mustangs in a 4-0 win over Washington's boys; Milpitas' girls team dropped their second game in a back-to-back, this a 3-0 drubbing from San Benito High School.

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