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Saugus Takes Care of Business

Posted: February 8, 2008 5:52 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2008 2:01 a.m.
The Saugus boys soccer team needed two things to happen coming into its final game of the season Thursday against West Ranch.

First, the Centurions needed to win their match against West Ranch High, and second, they needed a Canyon loss to Hart in order to be awarded co-champions of the Foothill League.
The Centurions did their part as they beat the Wildcats in a decisive 4-1 victory.
"The thing that was in our control was this game and we had to win this," Saugus head coach Seth Groller said. "Now it's up to Canyon and Hart and Hart's got to beat Canyon in order for us all three to be co-champions.
"We're going right after this and rooting for Hart."
Hart defeated Canyon 3-0 later Thursday, but it didn't make a difference.
Saugus is likely to get the No. 3 seed from the Foothill League in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
The tiebreaker came down to a point system, where teams are assigned points based on their finish.
Canyon's quality of wins were better than Saugus'.
The Centurions (15-5-4, 6-3-1) were tied for first with Canyon until Tuesday, suffering a a 5-0 loss to Golden Valley.
Essentialy, Golden Valley knocked Saugus out of the No. 2 spot.
Saugus came into the game looking to take out its frustration from Tuesday on somebody and most certainly did.
"We wanted to definitely redeem ourselves," Groller said. "We're not going to let the last game define us. We had a terrible game."
Erick Esquivel put the Centurions on the board early in the first half. Esquivel sent a hard shot to the right of the goal just out of the reach of the West Ranch goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.
"It was just coming right at me from a header from the defender," Esquivel said. "I just hit it on frame and it got through, it went in."
Shortly after, Jacob Sikich sent a hard shot that deflected off the goalie's hands and into Brian Cooney's possession, who sent the ball into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Out to secure the win, the Centurions managed another first-half goal by taking advantage of a Wildcats' defensive lapse.
Saugus' Kevin Lang took advantage of a one-on-one situation. Lang beat the goalkeeper to the ball and sent a header into the back of the net for the third goal of the game.
"Headers are probably like my strongest point," Lang said. "I just went got a head on it and put it in."
The Wildcats, however, responded with a goal of their own less than a minute later.
Sergio Torres took possession of the ball right in front of the Centurions' goal and sent an open shot into the back of the net to cut the lead to 3-1. West Ranch managed to hold Saugus for the rest of the half.
Halfway through the second half, the Centurions scored their fourth and final goal of the game.
Joshua Coefield took possession of the ball in West Ranch territory after a deflection off a defender. Coefield sent a shot into the back left side of the net to make it 4-1.
The Centurions continued their attack. Christopher Allen got two good looks from that point but hit the right post and the crossbar.
"We were buzzing their net," Groller said. "Four went in but there's a lot that didn't go in."
The Wildcats managed only one corner kick in the game compared to the Centurions' five.
West Ranch almost took full advantage of its one corner kick. Josh Martinez got a shot off but kicked it slightly left of the goal.


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