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January 20, 2010 > Prep soccer breakdown

Prep soccer breakdown

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

Mission Valley (MVAL), Hayward Area (HAAL) and Santa Clara Valley (SCVAL) athletic leagues are in full-throttle mode for the duration of the regular season in high school soccer. Despite the full slate of action, no one was able to solidify itself as the favorite in its respective league by week's end.

Milpitas High School's boys and girls teams took the field on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in SCVAL action. Milpitas' Lady Trojans hosted Lynbrook High School and settled for a scoreless tie; the boys went to Los Gatos High School and were downed by the Wildcats, 1-0.

Two days later, both Trojans clubs were back at it, with the boys hosted Los Altos High School and played to another 1-0 outcome, this time on the winning side. Meanwhile, the girls went to Santa Clara High School and, behind goals by Haley Garvey and Kelly Forsyth, the Lady Trojans went home with a 2-0 win. Vanessa Martinez made seven saves in recording the clean sheet.

HAAL girls butted heads on Tuesday while the boys teams rested up for their action on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Tennyson High School's Lady Lancers girls team has been on the wrong end of some lopsided games this season - 8-0 @ Ygnacio Valley High School on December 22; 7-0 to Redwood Christian on January 5 - and added two more to that list. Bishop O'Dowd High School handed the Lady Lancers a 6-0 loss at Tennyson on Tuesday.

But that wasn't Tennyson's worst loss of the week, falling 8-0 to Moreau Catholic High School on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Moreau. (Tennyson lost to Moreau 10-0 on December 8.) Moreau's Lady Mariners scored four goals in each half, led by Jessica Marin's four goals. Bianca Lemus (2 goals, 1 assist) and Marilyn Muhr (3 assists) also contributed multiple-point games in the win.

"Our girls played consistently strong the entire game," said Moreau Assistant Coach Erin Sincerny. "They pushed to win every ball ... and really were motivated to keep possession.

"The girls did a great job of playing the ball quickly and moving the ball around the field well," Sincerny added." This, in addition to some great finishes on goal, resulted in a very favorable outcome which the girls definitely earned."

In other HAAL girls play on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Mt. Eden High School hosted and defeated San Lorenzo High School, 2-1, earning its first league win (1-2). Mt. Eden went on to drop its second game of the week (2-0 at home to San Leandro High School) to fall to 1-3 in league play. Hayward High School lost to the Lady Trojans at Castro Valley High School, 5-0, in the only other HAAL girls play of the week on Thursday, Jan. 14.

American High School girls maintained its perfect record with two ties in MVAL action. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Lady Eagles went to Newark Memorial High School and toughed out a scoreless tie against the Lady Cougars; and on Thursday, Jan. 14, battled the Lady Huskies of Washington High School to a 1-1 stalemate. American stands at 13-0-4 on the year (3-0-4 MVAL).

Mission San Jose High School improved to 9-2-5 on the year (4-0-3 MVAL) with two 1-0 victories over league rivals: first on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at home against John F. Kennedy High School (Sarah Welker with the goal); and then on Thursday, Jan. 14, at home vs. Irvington High School (Tamara Aboumrad with the goal). Kylie Moltzen and Allison Day combined for the shutout of Kennedy, while Day single-handedly shutout Irvington.

Irvington's loss to Mission was its second of the week. Two days earlier on Tuesday, Jan. 12, they were doubled up, 4-2, by the Lady Colts of James Logan High School. Logan was led by Paloma Zermeno and her two goals, as they improved to 8-4-2 (3-2-1 MVAL) on the year.

Logan had a bye from MVAL play after its win over Irvington and took on San Ramon Valley High School in San Ramon on Thursday afternoon. San Ramon pounced on Logan early, racing out to a 2-0, first-half lead before exploding for four in the second half and winning 6-1. Chrisalyn Garingan recorded Logan's only goal in the losing effort. In other MVAL play, Kennedy and Newark played to a 1-1 tie at Newark on Thursday.

MVAL boys had a trio of games at Tak Fudenna Stadium at Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 13. In the opening game of the tripleheader, James Logan shut down Irvington, 2-0, behind Jorge Valdovinos and Gustavo Ulloa goals (with Brenden Tostado notching the shutout in goal).

Logan ended its week of play on Saturday, Jan. 16, with a nonleague, home win over Deer Valley High School, 1-0. Noe Franco had the lone goal in the win, assisted by Eddie Romero, in the 58th minute.

John F. Kennedy took on Mission in the second game at Tak and ousted the Warriors, 3-1; and in the nightcap, Jose Andrade and Joel Renshaw scored a goal apiece to lead Newark Memorial over American, 2-0. Newark and Logan remain atop the MVAL with 5-0-1 records.

In the HAAL on Wednesday, Jan. 13, Bishop O'Dowd shutout Tennyson, 2-0. Max Ornstil and Charlie Ranahan scored for the Dragons in the winning effort, improving to 5-0-2 in league play (10-0-3 overall). Tennyson remains winless in league play (0-4-1). And on Thursday, Jan. 14, Hayward's boys team traveled to Arroyo High School and fell to the Dons, 1-0. Hayward now stands at 5-5-1 overall (3-3-1 HAAL); Arroyo improved to 4-3-0 in HAAL (7-6-0 overall).

Hayward hosted Castro Valley on Friday, Jan. 15, and battled them to a scoreless tie to go to 7-6-1 overall (4-3-1 HAAL). In other HAAL boys play on Saturday, Mt. Eden went to San Leandro High School and were shutout by its host, 1-0.

And another trio of boys MVAL games took place at Tak on Friday, Jan. 15. First, Washington doubled-up American, 2-1; in the middle game, Irvington blasted Mission, 3-0; and the night cap had Kennedy upset Newark, 1-0.

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