January 7, 2011 > Prep soccer review
Prep soccer review
By Sida Lu and Mihir Bhagat
Photo by Mike Heightchew
The second week of winter break saw a clash between the top teams from the Mission Valley and Hayward Area athletic leagues in girls soccer with MVAL's American High (7-2-1) faced HAAL's Arroyo (6-2).
Arroyo came into the match riding a five game winning streak and managed to continue its run with a 1-0 victory over the Lady Eagles. In this match, both teams were evenly matched until senior Christina Perez scored on a free kick in the 20th minute. American tried to rally but the Dons' defense held firm as goalie Heidi Olson blocked all five of American's shots to complete the shutout.
Arroyo is now 7-2 with the Eagles dropping to 7-3-1. American continues its season with a league bout against Washington on Jan. 4, while Arroyo hosts the winless Mt. Eden Monarchs the next day, Jan. 5.
Bay Area high school boys soccer had only a couple of games played, but nevertheless it was yet another intriguing week in the MVAL.
Newark Memorial High (10-3-0) kicked it off with a tightly contested 1-0 loss to Amador Valley High on Friday, Dec. 28. They then followed it up with a 4-3 victory over San Ramon Valley on Sunday, Dec. 30, during which Edward Ramirez was the star as he scored two goals and chipped in a pair of assists as well, one each to Tony Mendez and Alfredo Navarro.
At the moment Newark is separating itself from the pack. James Logan High (5-4-2) and Mission San Jose High (5-4-2) are in a close race for second but it doesn't seem likely that either will be able to catch up for the top spot.
Meanwhile, Irvington (1-5-3) and Washington (1-5-2) high schools are just hanging by a thread and hoping that they can muster enough firepower to pull off a win. Looking ahead, there are some critical games awaiting us in the upcoming week so be sure to stay tuned. Log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website for all scores and future games on the schedule at http://sports.tricityvoice.com.