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January 6, 2010 > Prep soccer rundown

Prep soccer rundown

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

In the final week of 2009, most of the prep soccer teams - both boys and girls - were off. There were, however, nine games on the pitch.

On Monday, Dec. 28, Newark Memorial High School boys team hosted Deer Valley High School and were shutout by the Wolverines, 2-0. It marked the second time that the Cougars were shutout on the season (0-0 at Richmond High School on December 3), dropping them to 10-2-1 on the year.

Newark would take their home field again two days later, hosting Amador Valley High School on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Scoring one goal in each half - one of the foot of Manuel Villagran; the other from Jose Andrade - Newark cruised to a 2-0 shutout of the Dons. Salvador Colin made four saves in the shutout.

And in its first game of 2010 on Saturday, Jan. 2, Newark traveled to Castro Valley High School, and proceeded to get shutout for the third time this season, 2-0. Newark now stands at 11-3-1 on the season and returns to Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) play on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at James Logan High School against the Colts.

Logan had one game in the final week of the decade, hosting Liberty High School on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Liberty got ahead of the Colts and was able to hold on late, prevailing 2-1. The Colts dropped to 6-7-1 with the loss but remain in the thick of things in the MVAL with a perfect record in three league contests.

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, Newark's girls team traveled Liberty to take on the Lady Lions in a nonleague match. Liberty proved to much for the Lady Cougars, dropping the game 3-0 and their season record to 3-6-0. They do hold a 2-1-0 record in MVAL play and will try to improve on that as they resume league play this week -- Tuesday, Jan. 5 vs. Logan (results not available at press; and Thursday, Jan. 7 vs. Mission San Jose High School.

In other action on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Irvington High School dropped a nonleague match to California High School, 4-0, on the road. With the loss, the Lady Vikings dropped to 3-7-1. Next up for Irvington is American High School on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Lady Eagles home field. Prior to the contest with the Eagles, the Lady Vikes took on Washington High School on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Log onto for the result.

Washington's Lady Huskies traveled to Castro Valley High on Saturday, Jan. 2, only to be shutout, 2-0. Micaela Castain netted two for Castro Valley, and Kristina Utley saved all five shots to give the Lady Trojans.

American girls soccer improved to 11-0-2 on the season with a 1-0 win over Arroyo High School on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Reina Raskop scored a first-half goal, assisted by Kala Clark that proved to be the difference in the game. Donna Williams, with help from a sturdy backline of Deborah Blalock and Waing Noe, notched another shutout.

Also on December 30, American got credit for a win over Hayward High School, who forfeited a previously-scheduled game after not being able to field enough players. American took on John F. Kennedy High School at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Tuesday, Jan. 5, before hosting Irvington on Thursday, Jan. 7. (Results for the game vs. JFK can be found on

And in the only game last week for the Mission San Jose girls soccer team, they were able to draw Freedom High School, 2-2, on the road, Wednesday, Dec. 30. Each squad netted a single goal in both halves. Amrun Singh and Taylor Jackson were the goal scorers for the Lady they went to 7-2-4 on the campaign.

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