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December 30, 2009 > Prep soccer week in review

Prep soccer week in review

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

It was a short week for high school boys and girls soccer. Only three days -- Monday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Dec. 23 -- amassed the week that was.

On Monday, the girls teams at both Washington and James Logan high schools took part in the Tri-Valley Tournament opening round.

Washington hosted Freedom High School and earned a split, 1-1. Megan Ravenscroft scored for the Huskies. They also took on Berkeley High School and fell 4-1. Mari Sol Luna had the only goal of the game -- assisted by Paige Diamond -- in the losing effort.

Meanwhile, Logan dropped its game to La Salle High School, 2-1. "It wasn't our best game," said Logan coach Antonio Villasenor. "We could have done much better."

La Salle jumped on top of the Lady Colts, only to give up the lead 10 minutes later when Chrisalyn Garingan netted the tying goal. But La Salle scored early in the second half and held on to win despite having "more than enough chances" to equalize the game, according to Villasenor.

For the boys on Monday, Milpitas High School had "probably our best team effort of the year," in coach William Leffler's opinion. Led by the creativity of Andrew Shin (1 G, 2 A), the Trojans won handily, 4-1. Rafael Vasconcelos, Alex Tran and Alejandro Ramirez had the other goals in victory.

In other boys action on Monday, Hayward High School dropped a nonleague game on the road to Campolindo High School, 1-0; and Logan notched its first tie of the season -- to go along with six wins and six losses -- in a 0-0 game vs. Amador Valley High School in Union City.

In the only boys soccer play on Tuesday, Dec. 22, Newark Memorial High School put a hurting on San Lorenzo High School, 5-1. After ending the first half in a 1-1 deadlock, the Cougars busted out four goals in the second. Leading the way on offense was Manuel Villagran with two goals and Kristian Fuentes with a goal and an assist, as the Cougars improved to 10-1-1 on the year.

Washington and Logan's girls teams were back in the thick of the Tri-Valley Tournament on Tuesday. First, Washington took on Basic High School (Henderson, Nevada) and took care of them with ease, 4-0. Ravenscroft and Diamond each scored twice to pace the Lady Huskies.

In Washington's second game of the day, they took on La Salle and, like Logan, fell to the Lady Lancers of Pasadena, 2-1. Diamond scored her third goal of the day despite the loss.

Logan only had one game on Tuesday in their Tri-Valley Tournament play. They took on Las Lomas High School and one-upped the Lady Knights, 3-2, behind two second-half goals. Garingan had a goal and an assist to lead the way. Jessica Ramirez and Priscilla Haro also notched goals in the win.

"Both teams were playing their best," said Villasenor. "But we were able to come out with the win."

Outside of the Tri-Valley Tournament, Newark Memorial and Tennyson High School girls had nonleague games with outcomes they weren't hoping for.

Newark went to California High School and were shut out convincingly, 4-0; meanwhile the Lady Lancers went to Ygnacio Valley High School and were thwarted, 8-0.

On Wednesday, Logan's Lady Colts finished up their Tri-Valley Tournament play with two games, finishing on the winning and losing side of 3-2 scores.

First, they dropped a 3-2 outcome to Freedom High School. Garingan put home another goal for the Lady Colts, as did Julia Shockley. In the Lady Colts' second game of the day, they were able to be on the winning side of the 3-2 score, this against Cabrillo High School. Garingan scored a goal in her fourth-straight game for the Colts. Nikki Stewart and Ramirez rounded out the scoring in the win.

Meanwhile, American High School girls played in its only game of the week, traveling to Pittsburg High School and handing the Lady Pirates a 9-0 defeat. Liz Mooney led the way for the Lady Eagles with three goals. Deborah Blalock (2), Kala Clark, Kelsi Calhoun, Reina Raskop, Melissa Urena and Janell Koide rounded the scoring out.

For Pittsburg, it wasn't even its most lopsided loss of the season: they lost 14-0 to Clayton Valley High School on December 12. American matched its highest margin of victory (9-0 over Tennyson on November 19) as they improved to 9-0-2 on the year.

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