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Canyon Keeps Its Grip

Posted: February 2, 2008 6:57 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2008 2:02 a.m.
The Canyon High boys soccer team and head coach Khris Savage knew exactly what had to be done coming into Friday night's game against West Ranch.

Stuck in a tie with Saugus and Hart for first place in the Foothill League, the Cowboys had little room for error this far into the season.
"This team can beat us if we give them the opportunity," Savage said of West Ranch. "We can't allow that to happen, especially on our home field."
Canyon did exactly what it set out to do, beating the Wildcats 2-0.
"It was a good win for Canyon," Savage said. "It was something that we needed. We could not have taken a loss."
Undefeated on their home turf this season, the Cowboys (10-10-3, 4-2-1) celebrated their victory as it has in its previous home victories according to Oscar Vidal, by running a lap around the field.
"We haven't lost at home yet this year," Savage said. "We play really well at home."
The Cowboys secured a 2-0 lead with 12 minutes left in the game. A hard shot by Vincent Donato was deflected by Wildcats' goalkeeper Ted Johansen and straight into Alex McCaslin's possession. McCaslin sent a shot straight into the back of the net for the insurance goal.
"The keeper saved it but it was a really hard shot and knocked him down," McCaslin said. "The ball was just floating so I just put it in with my left foot."
Despite their lead, the Cowboys didn't let up the effort.
"Two to nothing is kind of like the worse lead to have because you start to get really comfortable and they start scoring on you," McCaslin said. "We just had to play really good defense which I think we did."
Canyon took the lead halfway through the first half on a Brandon Rios goal.
Rios took advantage of a cross that deflected off a defender and into his possession. He sent a shot past Johansen and into the right side of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Rios would get another good opportunity less than two minutes later. He broke through the defense, but overkicked the ball out of play.
The Wildcats (6-7-3, 2-5-1) were not without opportunities of their own.
With a chance to tie halfway through the second half, Lucus Farber sent a shot that was stopped by diving goalkeeper Andrew Wilson and cleared by the defense.
West Ranch finished with three corner kicks in the second half.
The Cowboys had two corner kicks.
The referee stopped the game for over two minutes in the second half to warn the home crowd about the comments being made over several calls on the field, which led to a small scuffle between several of the West Ranch and Canyon players.
Tempers were high in the game as another hard tackle by a West Ranch player led to another small confrontation between several players.
In a game that featured many penalties, the Cowboys managed to pull out the victory.
"It certainly didn't predicate to our style of play," Savage said. "Our style is very fast moving."
Canyon will close out its season with a road game at Valencia High before hosting Hart.


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