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Rebels jump out early, control possession as the Indians lose home opener

Posted: December 9, 2008 9:56 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2008 4:55 a.m.
Hart's Armand Simian (18) watches as Rebel Christian Gonzalez (7) high kicks Tuesday afternoon. Hart's Armand Simian (18) watches as Rebel Christian Gonzalez (7) high kicks Tuesday afternoon.
Hart's Armand Simian (18) watches as Rebel Christian Gonzalez (7) high kicks Tuesday afternoon.
Hart has never beaten Quartz Hill coach John Volk on its home field, but if the Rebels play like they did Tuesday, they won't lose many games anywhere.

Christian Gonzalez scored twice in the first half and Quartz Hill took down the Indians 3-1 on a windy day at Hart High School.

The Rebels (1-0-1) seized possession early and rarely let it slip. Hart forward Max Robin scored early in the second half to cut Quartz Hill's lead to 2-1, but Quartz Hill re-established itself from there and didn't allow the Indians (0-2-1) to build any sort of attack.

"We're still trying to get this team together," said Hart first-year head coach Fausto Arana. "Teamwork is going to be the key for us. That's what we're working on. If we get that done, that's what's going to allow us to become a better team."

The Rebels' quick, active strikers set the tone with precise touches and the kind of teamwork Hart was lacking up top. Quartz Hill's Patrick Moisan, who stabilized the midfield and controlled the run of play, found Christian Gonzalez for the game's opening goal at the 12-minute mark. With 10 minutes to go before halftime, Gonzalez drew a penalty kick and then converted to double the lead to 2-0.

Hart's continuing adjustment on defense to the flat-back-four formation, without the sweeper and stopper, left it disorganized at times .

"Defensively, we're getting there," Arana said. "My guys haven't played the flat back four."

The Rebels, conversely, executed their intricate passing game after struggling to a scoreless draw in their first match.

"Against Canyon, we couldn't really get our passing going," Volk said. "We worked a lot this week on our passing game and working the ball around and finding that open guy for the shot. It paid off."

Hart wrestled away momentum to start the second half by capitalizing on Quartz Hill's sluggishness.

Ian Loveland fired a long shot from the left wing and Robin slid to punch home the rebound and put Hart on the board with barely three minutes gone.

"It's good to see that," Arana said. "We're trying to work on these guys' aggressiveness toward the goal.
We didn't have that before and now we're trying to work on that."

Not long after, the Rebels rebounded and resumed their dominance in the midfield. Ten minutes after Robin's tally, Kalan Dapson played a ball from the left corner of the box for Moisan, who took a touch and poked a low shot past Hart keeper Garret Harney to set the final.

"We work on trying to play 80 minutes of soccer and not having those lapses," Volk said. "But they're kids, so it happens sometimes. For the most part, they kept the pace and tempo up the whole game, and I was happy with that."

Hart will travel to face Moorpark at 6 p.m. Thursday.


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