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Golden Valley soccer surging

Grizzlies win to move up in Foothill standings

Posted: January 31, 2014 10:46 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 10:46 p.m.

Over and over, Golden Valley boys soccer head coach Juan Paolo kept telling his team they were good enough to win.

It looks like his team is starting to believe the first-year coach.

Francisco Perez scored a pair of goals to help the Golden Valley Grizzlies win their second straight Foothill League game, this time 3-1 over the Canyon Cowboys at Golden Valley High on Friday.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Paolo said.

With Friday’s win, Golden Valley improved to 8-8-4, which broke the team’s previous school record of seven wins in a season.

More importantly though, the Grizzlies moved into a second-place tie with Valencia at 2-2-2 in league play.

A big reason why is due to the play of Perez, Golden Valley’s stellar sophomore midfielder who is now up to 14 goals on the year.

Four of them have come this week alone if you count his two against Saugus on Tuesday.

“I think we have good momentum now,” Perez said of his team. “I think we can start turning these games in our favor.”

The Grizzlies’ first goal of the game was an impressive individual effort by Perez, who dribbled it down the right side and beat a defender one-on-one before tucking the ball inside the far post.

It was a 1-0 Golden Valley lead 17 minutes into the game.

“Francisco is out of this world,” Paolo said. “The guy is amazing.”

Canyon (6-7-5 overall, 1-3-2 Foothill League) had its chances to respond, recording a total of 12 shots.

But the Grizzlies knocked it away at the last second.

Golden Valley’s lead quickly turned to 3-0 within a five-minute span in the second half. Billy Torres lobbed a ball just out of the reach of Canyon goalkeeper Niko Nuyda in the 63rd minute and Perez scored his final goal on a breakaway into an unguarded goal shortly after.

“It’s just simple, simple breakdowns,” said Canyon head coach Lou Aguilera. “And it’s not just one thing. It’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that.”

The Cowboys scored their lone goal on Chris Ortiz’s penalty kick late in the game.


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