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Grizzlies Go Goal Crazy

Posted: February 7, 2008 4:10 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2008 2:02 a.m.
It was early last week that Phil Lopez was saying his Golden Valley boys soccer team had the talent to score three or four goals a game.

He couldn't figure out why that wasn't happening.
Now, it seems no one can stop them.
"I should have said that earlier," Lopez said.
Golden Valley had a stunning 5-0 win over Saugus on Tuesday, a team which was playing to keep pace with league-leading Canyon.
Lopez said he couldn't believe his team scored so often against a team as talented as Saugus.
"No, never in our wildest dreams," he said. "Before the game I was hoping to squeeze out a win. We played so well."
Forward Ahmad Yacoub, battling the effects of bronchitis, single-handedly made Saugus' day a nightmare.
He scored the first three goals of the day for the Grizzlies, all of them on headers. Two were off of corner kicks and another was off a free kick.
"He was on yesterday," Lopez said. "You don't usually score many goals off a header, but to do three in one game is phenomenal. It was a corner kick clinic by Ahmad with his headers. It was a sight to see."
For good measure, the senior scored a fourth goal in the second half off a breakaway. Skyler Summers added the final goal of the game on a shot from 20 yards out.
After starting out the Foothill 0-4 - many of those one-point losses in heartbreaking fashion - the Grizzlies have made a charge to the finish line, winning four of their last five. They scored six goals in their first four league games.
In the last four, they've netted 13.
Unfortunately for Golden Valley, it's too little too late.
Even with a win in their season finale against Valencia today, the Grizzlies have been mathematically eliminated from finishing in the top-three, ending their chances for a berth in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
Today marks the final games for all teams and it's still crowded at the top for boys soccer.
With a win against Hart at home, Canyon takes the title outright.
It's 1-0 win over Valencia on the road coupled with the Saugus loss put the Cowboys in the driver's seat. However, it's that surprisingly tricky task of taking care of business.
Working in the Cowboys' favor is that they haven't lost at home yet this season and junior Alex McCaslin has heated up of late, scoring five goals in the last four games. He didn't net any goals this season before his recent scoring spree.
The Centurions and the Indians trail the Cowboys by just three points apiece in the standings. So, with a Saugus win over West Ranch on the road and a Hart win, there would be a three-way tie for first place if Canyon lost.
The Indians know at the very least they will be headed to the playoffs, like Saugus. They secured that with a win 3-1 win over West Ranch on Tuesday. Joel Peluffo, Uriel Rodriguez, and Johnny MacArthur scored their goals in the first half, putting the game out of reach for West Ranch.
The Wildcats and Valencia have both fallen to 2-6-1 in league play with losses on Tuesday.
Girls Soccer
At least on the girls side of things, there is a league champion.
Everything else is yet to be determined.
The Centurions clinched the first outright Foothill League title in program history with a 4-0 win over Golden Valley on Tuesday.
They finish up against West Ranch at home today, the team that tied them in the season finale last year to keep Saugus out of the playoffs.
There are no such worries today for Saugus.
"It's nice, but we also want to keep our position in the CIF rankings, so we're not going to take the game lightly," said Saugus head coach Lisa Rollo. "They want to finish out strong. We do have a couple of injuries, but the girls on the field are going to play hard. They want to win."
The game of the day will be at College of the Canyons at 6:30 p.m. between Canyon and Hart.
Both teams took care of business on Tuesday, with Canyon edging Valencia 1-0 and the Indians defeating West Ranch 2-1. Sarina Coutin scored both goals for Hart, giving her 25 goals on the season and 103 over her four-year career.
The two teams both enter Thursday's game with 17 points.
So, not only is it a rivalry game, but whoever wins takes second place in league and has a much better chance of playing at home in the opening round of the playoffs.
"It's always Canyon-Hart," said Cowboys head coach Keeli Paden. "I wish it was for league but hey, it's a game that decides who gets a better seed for the playoffs."
Valencia was eliminated from a playoff berth with a loss to Canyon on Tuesday, and West Ranch's loss to Hart ended the Wildcats' chances. Golden Valley has yet to win a league game heading into today.


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