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Saugus Boys Now All Alone on Top

Posted: January 30, 2008 3:34 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2008 2:02 a.m.
The Saugus High boys soccer team took sole possession of first place in the Foothill League with a 1-0 win over Canyon High Tuesday at Saugus.

The Centurions (9-9-3, 4-1-1) and the Cowboys (12-4-4, 3-2-1) came into the game tied for the top spot, but a David Alegria goal was enough to give Saugus the one-game advantage over Canyon.
"We knew coming in this was going to be the biggest game of the year for us so far," said Saugus head coach Seth Groller. "It's to take first place by ourselves and we did that."
In the 24th minute of the game, Alegria managed to take a shot, deflecting it off Canyon goalie Andrew Wilson and into the back left side of the net for the only score of the game.
"I just turned on him and took it wide and I hit across," Alegria said of the goal. "I got lucky and the goalie hit it in really."
Wilson was busy most of the afternoon as Saugus controlled the ball for most of the first half taking several shots on goal.
Jacob Sikich took a shot that was stopped by a diving Wilson with 13:40 left in the first half.
In the closing minutes of the first half Wilson made another diving stop against Manuel Garza.
The Cowboys came out much more aggressive in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities.
Canyon missed a golden opportunity in the 49th minute of the game. Darwin Ortiz took a shot from the left side with two teammates within striking distance in front of the goal.
In the 54th minute, Javier Noris got a good look from 15 yards out, but kicked it straight into Saugus goalkeeper Joe Mackey's hands.
"I was happy with the switches we made at halftime, but it wasn't enough to get the ball in the net," said Canyon head coach Khris Savage.
Canyon's desperation started to show in the closing minutes of the game as it started taking long shots from 25 yards out.
Most of Canyon's opportunities came in the second half but were limited.
"We had zero corners tonight," Savage said. "I can do nothing but congratulate Saugus' defense on that. We score a lot on corners. We rely a lot on set plays."
The win also avenges a 2-1 loss to the Cowboys on January 11 in which Saugus lost 2-1.
"They took advantage and beat us at their house and we came back and beat them out ours," Groller said.


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