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Saugus, Canyon Have Small Lead at the Top

Posted: January 25, 2008 2:54 a.m.
Updated: March 27, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Foothill League play for boys soccer has been full of surprise wins and unexpected losses so far this year.

With the first half gone, Canyon and Saugus have separated themselves from the pack ... just barely.
The top four teams are separated by a total of three points, so if the second half of league is as topsy turvy as the first, it may come down to the final day, just like last year.
Here is a look at each of the six teams:
T1. Saugus (12-3-4 overall, 3-1-1 in league)
The defending league champs got off to a bumpy start, but since losing to Canyon on Jan. 11, the Centurions have won three straight games.
Senior forward David Alegria has been a major reason for the turnaround. He has scored seven goals in the last three games, including a four-goal performance Tuesday against West Ranch.
Saugus plays Hart, Canyon and Valencia over its next three games, and finishes up on the road at Golden Valley and West Ranch.
T1. Canyon (8-9-3, 3-1-1)
The Cowboys came out of the gates fast at 2-0, and since then have gone 1-1-1. They have the same record as Saugus atop the Foothill League standings, and beat them 2-1 in the head-to-head.
The rematch against Saugus will be Jan. 29, and the Cowboys will be looking to avenge their only league loss of the season to date on Feb. 1 at home against West Ranch. They finish up league with Hart at home.
3. Hart (8-6-6, 2-0-3)
As with the Indians girls team, Hart is the only squad in the Foothill without a loss. The team has two straight ties heading into today's rematch with Saugus, and sit one point behind the Centurions and Cowboys in the standings.
The Indians were without freshman Uriel Rodriguez the first time they faced Saugus. He scored three goals in the two games before a scoreless draw with Canyon on Tuesday.
4. West Ranch
(6-4-3, 2-2-1 )
The Wildcats are two points behind Hart, and are looking to get back on the winning side after a 5-3 loss to Saugus on Tuesday.
After a season-opening loss to Valencia, West Ranch went 2-0-1 over its next three games. The Wildcats have been the surprise team in the Foothill so far, after failing to win a game last season.
They will have to face Saugus at home in their league finale.
T5. Golden Valley
(8-6-1, 1-4-0)
It's been a hard-luck first half for the Grizzlies, who lost their first three Foothill games by a point each.
Golden Valley ended the first half on a high note, defeating Valencia 2-1. The Grizzlies play Canyon on the road today, and have their final three games at home.
T5. Valencia (8-7-2, 1-4-0)
The Vikings won their first game of the year against West Ranch, but have lacked offensive punch since.
They are on a four-game losing streak, and face the Wildcats today. Valencia plays four of its last five games on the road.


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