February 11, 2011 > Prep soccer recap
Prep soccer recap
By Sida Lu and Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photo by Mike Heightchew
The second to last week of prep soccer came and gone, featuring spectacular wins and blowout losses.
American exploded out of the gate with three goals in the first half and never looked back. Irvington's Heidi Moreno would score once in the second, but Irvington never really threatened American as American won 3-1. Logan faced Kennedy in a tight first half before Logan blew Kennedy out of the water with a 3-0 second half for a 4-1 victory.
Logan's victory over Kennedy signified the first time in Logan girls' soccer history that Logan has clinched the league title and won league as they are four games ahead of the rest of the pack. Logan star Paloma Zermeno scored all four of Logan's goals. Newark Memorial was shut out by Washington goalkeeper Maddie Cook, who redirected all five of Newark's shots. Washington's Megan Ravenscroft would score once to give Washington the 1-0 victory.
Newark Memorial attempted to regroup after their loss to Washington in a game against Irvington but fell to the Vikings 3-2 after only getting four shots off. Logan continued its dominance, easily disposing of second place American in a 4-1 victory. Logan's Paloma Zermeno scored three goals and Gabrielle Stange added one more in the Colts victory. Zermeno now has 30 goals on the season, leading the league. To round off the week's action, Washington held Mission San Jose at bay with a 1-0 victory.
MVAL play picked up on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with three contests. Irvington High outlasted Washington High 2-0 after the two sides were even, 0-0, at the break. Newark Memorial High School is picking up steam at the right time. After dismantling Mission San Jose High, 6-0, the Cougars improved to 18-3 overall and 8-0 in MVAL action. Five different Cougars -- Joel Sandoval, Juan Perez, Danny Villa, Alfredo Navarro and Noe Ruiz -- scored in the win; Sandoval had a pair.
Also on Wednesday, James Logan High (11-6-2, 6-2 MVAL)-- possibly looking ahead to its Feb. 4 showdown with Newark -- was shocked by John F. Kennedy High, 1-0. But Logan wasn't able to bounce back in that key match-up vs. Newark on Friday, Feb. 4. Ruiz scored the lone goal as Newark prevailed 1-0.
Wednesday featured the end of Tennyson's futility streak as they registered their first league win and third overall in a victory over Mt. Eden behind Alexis Castanedo's goal. San Leandro's offense destroyed Hayward in a 5-1 victory and Bishop O'Dowd played a complete game in their shutout against non-league Sacred Heart Cathedral, 4-0. The undefeated Castro Valley Trojans displayed their defensive prowess by shutting Moreau Catholic down, 5-0.
Friday featured normalcy returning as Arroyo shut Tennyson out 6-0, allowing Tennyson to only take one shot while taking 17 shots of their own. Bishop O' Dowd and Castro Valley stand tied atop the league at 10-1-0 apiece, with Arroyo coming in third at 4-2-0.
Mt. Eden High School has been having a spectacular season. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Monarchs continued its romp through HAAL with a statement-making 6-0 victory over Tennyson High School. Mt. Eden scored three goals in each half to route the Lancers. Also on Tuesday, Hayward High slammed San Leandro High 4-1 on the road.
Two days later, the Monarchs and Farmers met with both offenses clicking on all cylinders. Despite Mt. Eden (14-4-3, 10-3-1 HAAL) holding first place in HAAL, it was Hayward (11-4-3, 10-4 HAAL), with the home-field advantage, that came away with a 3-1 win on Thursday, Feb. 3.
In the only HAAL match on Wednesday, Feb. 2, Moreau Catholic High battled Castro Valley High in a contest pitting two subpar squads. Moreau (3-9-2) was able to find the scoring touch, blasting Castro Valley (3-10-2), 5-0.