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February 17, 2010 > Washington, Newark claim MVAL soccer supremacy

Washington, Newark claim MVAL soccer supremacy

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

After three long months of regular-season action, Newark Memorial High School boys and Washington High School girls soccer achieved Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) glory.

Washington entered the MVAL Shaughnessy tournament as the girls number-one seed, hosting the four-team tournament at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium. Mission San Jose High came in as the second seed in the tournament. Both Washington (2-1 vs. #4 American High) and Mission (4-3 shootout win vs. #3 James Logan High) were victorious in the semifinals, setting up a one-versus-two showdown on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Mission was able to survive another day, beating Washington, 3-0, to push the tournament to a winner-take-all game on Friday, Feb. 12. Taylor Jackson, Sarah Welker and Alexis Markou each scored to send the MVAL tourney to another day.

In Friday's match, Washington showed why it earned the top spot for the league, taking care of the second-seeded Warriors, 5-1. Four Huskies scored, led by Paige Diamond's two-goal performance as Washington clinched an automatic bid into the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament.

In the boys tournament, it was another one-versus-two showdown. Top-seeded James Logan hosted the tournament and beat fourth seed Mission San Jose, 2-0, in the semifinals; second seed Newark Memorial ousted third seed John F. Kennedy High School in its semifinal, 5-2. Roger Lopez led the Cougars attack with two goals.

Two days after the semifinals, Newark and Logan met on Friday, Feb. 12, with Newark needing to beat the top seed twice to get an automatic NCS bid. Newark, responding to the pressure of a must-win situation, raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead. Logan responded with two of their own in the second half. But Newark was able to net one of their own in the second to force another game with the 3-2 win.

Raymond Arzate, Joel Renshaw and Kristian Fuentes each scored in the winning effort. Jorge Valdovinos and Gustavo Ulloa - who each scored in the 2-0 semifinals win - got the goals for Logan.

And in the winner-take-all match on Saturday, Feb. 13, neither Valdovinos nor Ulloa (nor any Colts player for that matter) could find the back of the net in the defensive struggle. Logan held Newark in check for most the game until a late, second-half Manuel Villagran goal gave the Cougars the MVAL crown and an NCS bid.

NCS brackets were announced on Sunday, Feb. 14 for the boys and girls.

For Newark (19-4-4), they earned a first-round home game in the NCS DI bracket. As the seventh seed, the Cougars will host Clayton Valley High School (16-3-3), Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.

Logan's boys (14-9-4) were awarded the 12th seed in the Division I bracket. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Colts will travel to Richmond to take on Richmond High School (14-1-9) at 7 p.m.

Kennedy's (9-7-2) season did not finish with its loss to Newark in the MVAL semis. The Titans earned the seventh seed of the DII boys bracket and will quasi-host Dougherty Valley High School (10-8-3) at Tak on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m.

Washington and Mission girls both got into the NCS DI girls bracket. The MVAL champion Huskies (11-7-6) were placed in the 12th seed and will host the fifth-seeded California High School (11-4-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.

Mission (13-5-7) got the 13th seed of the bracket and will go to Clayton Valley High School (14-3-3) to meet the fourth-seed DVAL champs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Also making it into the DI girls bracket out of the MVAL is James Logan (12-6-4) at the 15th spot. Logan's Lady Colts will take on second-seeded Carondelet High School (12-4-3) at De La Salle High School on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.

In the DII girls bracket, Hayward (12th seed) and Moreau Catholic (15th seed) high schools of the Hayward Area Athletic League both made the cut. Hayward (15-5-2) will go to fifth-seeded Miramonte High School (6-3-3) for a Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. kickoff; Moreau (12-8-4) will host second-seeded Berean Christian (15-6-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Keep track of the NCS boys and girls results by logging onto the TCV Sports Web site, www.tricityvoice.com/sports.

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