December 25, 2012 > Mission San Jose assertive on the field
Mission San Jose assertive on the field
By Kenny Jacoby
Mission San Jose scored first, shocking both the crowd and the Cougars. Later in the first half, Warriors goalkeeper, Senior Captain Eamon Jahani, was given a red card for a tackle made on an opposing striker in the penalty box. Newark Memorial Senior Captain Joel Sandoval converted the penalty kick on Mission San Jose's substitute goalkeeper, tying the score at 1-1. Mission San Jose was awarded a penalty kick of its own shortly thereafter, but the shot taken was wide left of the net. The score was tied heading into halftime.
Injuries to Junior Captain Sid Ambulkar, Junior Sahil Bansal, and Senior Jordan Blaine left a hole in the Warriors defense, and the Cougars took advantage. In the second half, Sandoval scored two more goals, completing the hat trick and giving Newark Memorial a 3 to 1 lead over Mission San Jose. The Warriors would score a second goal with minutes left in the game, but it wouldn't be enough as Newark Memorial hung on to a 3 to 2 victory. Mission San Jose is now 1 and 1 and 1 in league play.
The Mission San Jose Women's Varsity team also looked strong this week, splitting the week with one win and one loss against two tough teams. On Tuesday, December 18, the Warriors fell to Newark Memorial 1-0 on a late goal, despite dominating the possession for the majority of the game. Mission San Jose Senior Melina Robinson sparked many offensive attacks that led to near goals, and played stifling defense.
On Thursday, Women's Varsity Warriors dismantled the American Eagles in a 3 to 0 blowout, a much needed victory over a tough team. Senior Melissa Jones scored first on a through ball from the midfield, which she carried into the goal box and placed perfectly in the corner of the net past the diving keeper. Robinson added the second goal on a cross, and Sophomore Sharan Singh put the nail in the coffin with a third goal in the second half. Junior Juliana McCuaig finished with two assists, and Sophomore Melody Song added an assist in addition to playing superb at the center midfield position. Senior Captain Kylie Moltzen, was dominant at goalkeeper, maintaining the clean sheet with several diving saves throughout the game, and earning recognition as Player of the Game. Women's Varsity is now 2 and 2 and 0 in MVAL matches this season.