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Hart Logjams Foothill

Indians boys soccer creates a three-way tie at the top.

Posted: January 31, 2008 5:44 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2008 2:02 a.m.
The Hart high boys soccer team has complicated the standings in the Foothill League after defeating the Saugus Centurions 3-2 Wednesday.
The victory puts Saugus (13-4-4, 4-2-1), Hart (9-6-6, 3-0-4) and Canyon High (8-10-3, 4-2-1) in a three-way tie with 13 points apiece.
Hart's Joel Peluffo knocked in the game winning goal with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. A yellow card against the Centurions gave Peluffo a free kick from just inside the left side of the half-field line. Peluffo sailed the ball just over Saugus goalie Joe Mackey and into the back right corner of the net.
Peluffo scored twice in the game.
"The third one, I wanted to cross it," Peluffo said. "It went into the goal. It was lucky."
Saugus was disappointed it was unable to take advantage of the opportunity in the standings.
"With this win it would have put us a full game ahead of everyone. With a loss it's disappointing," said Saugus head coach Seth Groller. "Their free kicks today are what did us in."
Saugus did not go out quietly as it received several opportunities to tie in the closing minutes of the game.
Nathan Bevel missed a golden opportunity when he sent a shot just over the crossbar with eight minutes left in the game.
The Centurions found themselves playing catch-up most of the afternoon.
Down 1-0 early in the first half after Hart's Uriel Rodriguez knocked in the first goal, Saugus responded with a corner kick goal.
Joshua Coefield managed to knock in the goal just to the left of goalkeeper Andrew Sherman after a deflection off a Hart defender to tie the game and send it into the half tied 1-1.
Hart took the lead once again in the 48th minute of the game.
Taking advantage of a Centurion penalty, Peluffo knocked in a penalty kick from 30 yards out to give the Indians a 2-1 advantage.
Saugus tied the game for the last time 10 minutes later. A deflected ball hopped over a defender and David Alegria was able to knock it in for the 2-2 tie.
It was Alegria's ninth goal in the last five Foothill games.
"Saugus, You've got to give them a lot of credit," said Hart head coach Robert Ramirez. "They're the defending champions for a reason. They never quit."
The Centurions fell behind once again and were unable to tie it one last time.
"We did it twice," Groller said. "I was just hoping we can do it one last time."
Tempers were high on both sides as the Indians and Centurions exchanged words in the 64th minute of the game which led to Hart's Fernando Guerro being red carded.
"The red card at the end hurt," Ramirez said. "We were trying to go without getting any yellows or any reds. That's one of our strong defenders."
Despite being down one man, the Indians' defense held up for the remainder of the game.
"Our defense has been holding up all year, Ramirez said. "We've allowed one goal in three games. Our defense is strong."
Canyon and Hart are scheduled to meet one last time on Feb. 7 at Canyon High. The Indians have two games scheduled before they travel to Canyon.
Saugus will host Valencia on Friday.


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