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February 3, 2010 > Colts get much needed win

Colts get much needed win

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By William Mancebo

It stayed close throughout the first 75 minutes. And then, as James Logan High School has done for most of the season, the Colts ended the game hard.

Despite a 2-0 halftime lead, Logan's girl's soccer team scored three goals in the second half - twice in the final two minutes - to defeat Newark Memorial High School, 5-1, Wednesday night, Jan. 27.

"We were just basically passing the ball back and forth and controlling the tempo," said Colts Coach Tony Villasenor.

With the win, Logan has won back-to-back games for the first time since December 23 (vs. Cabrillo High School) and January 5 (at Newark Memorial).

Logan scored their first two goals in the game's first 15 minutes, while Newark struggled offensively in the first half. The Cougars were not able to get past Logan's midfield throughout most of the first half, as the Colts played well defensively throughout the first half.

Newark's Jessica Hernandez had a chance to cut the deficit for the Cougars in the 18th minute but her shot was blocked by Colts goalkeeper Luisa Cardenas.

Cardenas made her presence known again early in the second half, as she stopped another shot by Newark's Amy Schrotelin in the fifth minute.

The Colts would go up 3-0 in the 15th minute of the second half off Paloma Zermeno's goal off a corner kick.

Newark would strike once in the second half, in the 19th minute off a header by Kimberly Partida, from a cross from teammate Angeja, pulling Cardenas away from the net as the ball went over her head.

Logan would put the game away for sure with two goals in two minutes, starting with Zermeno's second goal of the game in the 37th minute, followed by a 25-yard strike that hit the back of the net off the foot of Chrisalyn Garingan.

"We gave up on our defense and only played with two back in the last 20 minutes," said Cougars Coach David Mahabali. "We just got to go back to the drawing board."

Boys Soccer: Logan 1, Newark Memorial 1
James Logan's boys soccer team continues their stumble towards the end of the season after a 1-1 tie against Newark Memorial on Friday, Jan. 29.

The Colts are 2-1-2 in the last five games after winning three straight to start the month of January.

Newark is in a similar stretch as Logan, not winning back-to-back games since wins over Mission San Jose and American high schools on January 8 and 13, respectively.

With just two games left in the season, Newark (14-4-4, 6-1-3) trails the Colts (11-7-4, 7-1-2) by a game in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) standings, but have a better overall record.

Newark takes on Mission San Jose on Wednesday, Feb. 3, with Logan taking on Washington High School.

Girl's Soccer: Washington 1, Irvington 0
Andrea Bonilla's goal was the difference maker in the Huskies' 1-0 win over Irvington High School on Thursday, Jan. 28.

With the win, Washington (9-6-4, 7-2-2) stays on the top of the MVAL standings with just one game remaining in the regular season.

Irvington (3-14-2, 0-8-2) remains winless for 15 games after Thursday's loss as they have yet to win a game since December 1.

Girl's Soccer: American 1, Kennedy 0
American ended their four-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over John F. Kennedy High School on Thursday, Jan. 28.

A first-half goal solidified the win for the Eagles on Thursday night, as American handed Kennedy their third-straight loss. The Titans have not won a game in their last 11 matches.

Boy's Soccer: Washington 1, Irvington 0
The struggles continued for Irvington on Friday night, Jan. 29, as the Vikings fell to Washington, 1-0.

Irvington held the Huskies scoreless in the first half, but could not keep them out of the net all night as Washington ended a scoreless game in the second half with a goal to go up with the final 1-0 score.

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Log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports Web site at for a complete rundown of scores, as well as a look at the games ahead for soccer in all leagues, including the MVAL, Hayward Area and Santa Clara Valley athletic leagues.

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