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Alegria Is the Answer

Posted: January 23, 2008 2:48 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2008 2:01 a.m.
An outsider's biggest question about the Saugus boys soccer team coming into the 2007-08 season is where would the Centurions get all of their offense?

The Centurions graduated Kyle Ernsberger and Larry Guizar and their combined 44 goals in 2007.
But after defeating West Ranch 5-3 at Saugus High on a cold Tuesday afternoon, the answer was clear.
Senior forward David Alegria continued his three-game tear through the Foothill League and scored four goals to lead Saugus to the win.
"I wouldn't quite say I'm going up to that (level)," Alegria said of his teammates from last season.
But it's hard to argue that he isn't.
The evidence is the last three league games in which the senior has scored seven goals. He has eight on the season.
"Dave got that fire today. He wasn't going to let anyone stop him," said Saugus head coach Seth Groller. "He got goal hungry."
It was the first time since he was a 10-year-old playing AYSO that he scored that many goals in a game.
As to which one was his favorite goal, the 17-year-old rubbed the stubble on his chin as he thought of the answer.
"The first one," he said. "He's a goalie. I'm a forward. They rub me the wrong way."
It was sweeter for Alegria because West Ranch goalkeeper Ted Johansen stepped up and challenged him after the Saugus senior stole the ball from the right side.
It also gave Saugus (12-3-4, 3-1-1) a 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats scored first as Sergio Torres' goal in the 13th minute gave West Ranch (6-4-3, 2-2-1) the early lead.
"That's the way we've been playing all season," said West Ranch head coach Doug Eagle. "That's us - team ball."
But Saugus got an equalizer two minutes later with a goal by Erick Esquivel.
In the game's 25th minute, Torres threatened again, approaching Saugus goalkeeper Joe Mackey from the right side, but he was tripped up in the box by Centurion Joshua Coefield.
It set up a penalty kick that Navid Mahabadi drilled past Mackey, sending the game to halftime tied 2-2.
The first 10 minutes of the second half gave every indication as to who would prevail.
Saugus sent six shots on goal at Johansen in the first six minutes and managed eight shots in the first 10 minutes.
Three minutes into the half, Alegria squirted one past Johansen off an assist from Brian Cooney for a 3-2 Saugus lead.
Just two minutes later, Alegria picked up a loose ball and raced toward Johansen. He then delivered it low to the goalkeeper's left for the 4-2 lead.
Alegria capped off his day with a score in the game's 71st minute.
Many times in the second half, Alegria's jersey was tugged on when he touched the ball, keeping him from attacking even more.
West Ranch threatened late - too late - with three shots in stoppage time.
Though, the first shot made its mark as Torres scored his second goal, as he banged this one off the crossbar. It then tumbled past Mackey.
With Saugus' win and Canyon's tie with Hart, the Centurions jump into a tie with the Cowboys for first place in the Foothill as each team is 3-1-1 and has 10 points.


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