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Hart Soccer Showcase: Local teams show well

Six squads go a combined 8-1-3 on first day of the tournament

Posted: December 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Golden Valley’s Colleen Fleming (8) tackles the ball away from Paraclete’s Lauren Parish during pool play at the Hart Soccer Showcase on Tuesday at Hart High. Golden Valley’s Colleen Fleming (8) tackles the ball away from Paraclete’s Lauren Parish during pool play at the Hart Soccer Showcase on Tuesday at Hart High.
Golden Valley’s Colleen Fleming (8) tackles the ball away from Paraclete’s Lauren Parish during pool play at the Hart Soccer Showcase on Tuesday at Hart High.

The opening day of the Hart Soccer Showcase was kind to local teams, as the six boys and girls squads combined to go 8-1-3 at Hart High School.

Even the lone loss, which belonged to the Saugus boys, came at the hands of the Hart boys.

That means several teams will take the field this morning for their third and final match of pool play with aspirations to reach the Showcase championship game.

Hart girls

The Indians began the tournament by beating Agoura 2-0 on Tuesday morning and then tied Simi Valley 0-0 in the afternoon.

In the victory over Agoura, Presley Lambert and Sophia Cortes scored the goals. Lambert’s goal came when her shot deflected off the Agoura goalkeeper, while Cortes scored after collecting a cross 12 yards from the net and powering her shot home.

Hart head coach Mike Gomez also credited his defense, which consisted of Danica Morgan, Jenny Chavez, Hailey Jenkins and Georgie Nielsen.

“We had a lot of opportunities,” Gomez said. “We had 30 shots on goal. It was amazing, because Agoura’s a very strong team. To come out ahead like that was great.”

The Indians generated more opportunities against Simi Valley but couldn’t put any away. Gomez said that his team had two goals called back, including a throw-in from Destinney Duron that sailed right into the net and went untouched.

Hart (3-2-4) will conclude pool play at 9:30 a.m. today against Granada Hills at Hart High School.

Golden Valley girls

Sam Jennings scored two goals on the day to help Golden Valley tie Cleveland of Reseda 1-1 and beat Paraclete of Lancaster 2-0.

Arianna Pedroza also scored for the Grizzlies (4-5-1), but head coach Charles Martinez wasn’t overly excited about his team’s play, especially in the first game.

“We were an unbalanced team, a little bit unorganized, so we came back stronger in the second half,” he said. “We combined passes and played a little bit more like a team, so that gave us structure.”

Golden Valley finishes pool play 2-0-1 because Hoover High, whom the Grizzlies were scheduled to face at 9:30 a.m. today, forfeited the match because it could only field 10 players.

Depending on this morning’s results, Golden Valley could qualify for the championship game of Flight 2, which would take place at 9 a.m. Thursday. Flight 2 consists of pools C and D, while Flight 1, which includes Hart and Canyon, includes pools A and B and will have its own separate championship game at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Canyon girls

Canyon didn’t allow a single goal on the first day of the Hart Soccer Showcase, beating Immaculate Heart 3-0 in the morning and drawing with Alemany 0-0 in the afternoon.

As well as Canyon played in the victory, head coach Andy Pringle was also impressed with his team’s afternoon performance.

“To hold (Alemany) scoreless speaks volumes about the girls and what they were able to do,” he said.

Cowboys freshman goalkeeper Megan Kennedy had a big hand in the pair of shutouts, and Canyon will play a talented Quartz Hill side at 8 a.m. today as pool play finishes.

Depending on the results, Canyon (3-3-4) and/or Hart could reach the championship game of Flight 1, or they could finish the tournament in matches at 2 p.m. today.

“We’ve been working hard over these past 10 games to sort of build our identity,” Pringle said.

Valencia boys

The Vikings beat Fulton of Van Nuys 3-0 in the morning and then beat East Valley of North Hollywood 3-2 in the afternoon.

Mark Silingardi scored the first goal against Fulton with an assist by Jake Heffernan, while Thomas Pugliese scored the second goal off an assist from Michael Fischbach. Zach Klindworth added the third goal off an assist from Garrett McPheeters.

“Overall, we didn’t play our best game defensively,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio.

Despite the shutout in the first game, Scalercio felt his defense actually played better against East Valley.

Jesus Fernandez opened the scoring off an assist from Pugliese, but East Valley responded. Michael Guzman put Valencia back ahead 2-1 with an assist from Jake Veiga, and after another response by the Falcons, Fernandez scored the game-winner with an assist from Jake Ferry.

“It’s important that we continue to improve from game to game and not revert back to the way we were before, and I think we did that this afternoon,” Scalercio said. “We started off a little slow this morning, and then we kind of picked it up in the second half and carried that into the game this afternoon.”

The Vikings (5-1) will face Pete Knight at 11 a.m. today with a chance to reach the championship game, which will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. There is only one flight in the boys tournament.

Signal staff writer Dan Agnew contributed to this story.


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