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January 25, 2011 > Prep soccer review

Prep soccer review

By Sida Lu and Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Prep soccer continued in the Mission Valley and Hayward Area athletic leagues as teams round into their last few weeks of the season - some as well oiled machines and others just hoping for a win.

MVAL
Tuesday, Jan. 18
In MVAL girls action, Washington regrouped after their loss to Logan and took out their frustration on the Irvington Vikings. Washington burst out of the gate with three goals in the first half and followed that up with two more goals for a dominating 5-2 victory and pulled to .500 on the season. Newark Memorial got back on track as well with a 1-0 shutout over league-winless Kennedy. American decided to utilize their bye week by setting up a nonleague bout with Dougherty Valley. American fell behind early and never recovered, losing 2-0. League undefeated Logan would finish off Tuesday girls' soccer action with an even 4-0 shutout of Mission San Jose High.

Wednesday, Jan. 19
On the boys side of things in MVAL, Newark Memorial, behind a 42nd-minute penalty goal by Anthony Mendez, was able to get past James Logan High, 1-0. Newark's Logan Lombana made three saves in capturing the clean sheet. John F. Kennedy High one-upped Irvington High, 1-0, at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium.

Thursday, Jan. 20
Thursday was another girls soccer day in MVAL, and the Logan Colts traveled to Washington High School to face the Huskies and emerged victorious, 4-1. Logan's Gabrielle Stange, Paloma Zermeno, Janies Powell and Olivia Locayo all scored for Logan. Logan goalkeepers Sarena Sanchez and Vaness Amaral had four and three saves respectively. Washington scored its only goal on a hand ball violation inside the box.

Friday, Jan. 21
To finish off the MVAL soccer week, the boys were on the pitch Friday. Irvington and Mission San Jose were in a scoreless tussle before the Vikings of Irvington netted a pair in their 2-1 win over the Warriors. Danny Villa, Alfredo Navarro and Noe Ruiz each scored for Newark Memorial in its 3-0 win over Kennedy. Newark scored one in the first half, two in the second to run away with the win. Lombana had six saves and another shutout. And Logan bounced back from its loss earlier in the week with a 2-1 win over Washington. Juan Alvarado scored both goals to lead the Colts to victory.

HAAL
Tuesday, Jan. 18
Mt. Eden (11-3-3, 7-2-1 HAAL) boys continued their strong season with a 3-1 win over Hayward High. After falling behind 1-0 at the half, the Monarchs scored all three of their goals in the second for the impressive road win.

Wednesday, Jan. 19
In girls soccer action, the middle-of-the-pack Hayward Farmers nudged Mt. Eden with a 1-0 victory behind a goal by Stephanie Madrid. Arroyo continued its dominant ways and Tennyson continued its futile struggles as Arroyo won 4-0 to deny Tennyson of their first league win and second overall win.

Thursday, Jan. 20
Hayward boys bounced back from its home loss to Mt. Eden on Thursday with a 2-0 home win over Bishop O'Dowd. Hayward netted a single goal in each half - Francisco Chavez and Jose Tapia doing the honors to improve to 8-3-3, 7-3 in HAAL. Mt. Eden boys continued to roll, topping Castro Valley 3-2 on Thursday. The Monarchs were once again led by a second-half surge, scoring two goals that would propel them to victory.

Friday, Jan. 21
Arroyo's girls offense was clicking on all cylinders against their cross town San Lorenzo High rivals as the Arroyo Dons embarrassed the San Lorenzo Rebels 8-0 on senior day. Arroyo got off a whopping total of 25 shots against the Rebels defense. The Dons defense was also strong, only allowing two shots, both of which were saved by goalkeeper Karina Ramos. Dons star Christina Perez continued to contribute, pitching in two goals and two assists in the dominant victory. Tennyson scored its first goal in two weeks, yet it ultimately wasn't enough to stop Redwood Christian from winning, 2-1. Dominant Bishop O'Dowd capped off a Friday of soccer with an efficient 5-0 victory over Hayward.

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