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The Day After Soccer: Big games on horizon

Latest results set up important matchups

Posted: January 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
West Ranch’s Wade McMillon, front, narrowly slips past Saugus’ T.J. Huntington en route to a goal in the second half on Tuesday at West Ranch High. West Ranch’s Wade McMillon, front, narrowly slips past Saugus’ T.J. Huntington en route to a goal in the second half on Tuesday at West Ranch High.
West Ranch’s Wade McMillon, front, narrowly slips past Saugus’ T.J. Huntington en route to a goal in the second half on Tuesday at West Ranch High.

If Hart girls soccer is the hottest team in the Foothill League, Valencia gets the title of most consistent.

The Vikings beat Canyon 2-1 on Tuesday to improve to 9-1-4 overall, 2-0-1 in league play.

That makes Valencia and Hart (9-2-5, 3-0-0) the last two remaining undefeated teams in the Foothill after Hart took out Golden Valley 3-0 on Tuesday.

Hart has now won nine straight games.

As luck would have it, those two teams are facing off at Valencia at 5 p.m. on Friday.

“I’m not a big scouter of teams,” said Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell of the matchup. “We’re just going to play our game the way we’ve played it all along and the best team will come out on top.”

On Tuesday, Valencia’s Rebecca Harrison scored both goals for Valencia, one midway through the first half and the second was the eventual game-winner in the second half.

Lindsay Bos and Samantha Simon got credit for assisting the Vikings’ goals.

Canyon (5-6-3, 1-1-1) scored on a free kick late in the first half.

O’Connell said his team had plenty of additional scoring chances, but gave credit to Cowboys goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy for stopping most of them.

“It was 2-1 partly because of a combination of (Kennedy’s) great play and us missing some opportunities,” O’Connell said.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Saugus got a late score to earn a 3-2 win over West Ranch at Saugus High School.

It was Saugus’ first league win this season after the Centurions finished non-league play 15-0-0.

“Every team we play gives 200 percent out to play and to prove us wrong,” said Saugus head coach Natalie Helgeson. “And when you go 15-0 you tend to become a little bit complacent.”

That wasn’t the case Tuesday.

Saugus (16-1-1, 1-1-1) jumped in front of the Wildcats (5-5-3, 0-2-1) by two goals early on scores by Angie Weiner and Brenna Savoie.

West Ranch rallied back on a pair of penalty kicks by Valerie Mercado and Samy Richards to tie it up 2-2.

Savoie then added her second goal, unassisted, of the day with nine minutes left to seal it for Saugus.

“It was whoever was going to finish the opportunities in front of the net,” Helgeson said. “It just went from one counterattack to the other.”

Saugus plays at Canyon at 5 p.m. and Golden Valley (4-8-2, 0-3-0) will host West Ranch at 3:15 p.m. Both games are on Friday.


Unlike on the girls side, the Foothill League has split itself up into two clear sectors early on.

West Ranch, Valencia and Hart are off to strong starts to league play, while Canyon, Golden Valley and Saugus are all still looking for their first Foothill victories.

The Wildcats (11-3-2, 3-0-0) displayed their offensive prowess in a 5-2 win against Saugus on Tuesday. The Vikings (11-4-1, 3-0-0) took a more defensive approach in a 1-0 win over Canyon on the same day.

“We’re improving every game, although we’re still making some silly mistakes that we need to correct,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio. “But overall I’m really pleased with the way the boys are playing.”

Vikings forward Zach Klindworth scored the difference-maker in the 15th minute against Canyon, with Lukas Scalercio notching the assist.

Beyond that, though, Scalercio said the key was the play of his defense as well as goalkeeper Gino Ferraro, who recorded his second straight shutout.

Valencia will have its hands full in facing Hart on Friday at 3:15 p.m. at Hart.

The Vikings will be without their starting sweeper, Jake Veiga, who broke his nose last week in a game against Saugus.

Hart, meanwhile, is coming off a 3-1 win over Golden Valley on Tuesday.

The Indians (10-3-1, 2-1-0) got goals from David White, Osmar Martinez and Nico Ferrero, who also added two assists.

That leaves Golden Valley (5-8-2, 0-2-1), Canyon (6-10-4, 0-2-1) and Saugus (3-8-3, 0-3-0) all winless.

“We’ve had a rough little go,” said Saugus head coach Seth Groller after the game Tuesday. “But even so, regardless, we have the firepower and we have the players to go after it.”

On Friday, Saugus hosts Canyon at 3:15 p.m. while Golden Valley travels to face West Ranch at the same time.



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