SOC­CER WINS PAIR…

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Kick­ing off their week with a shutout win on the road, Escalon also got past Calav­eras by a sin­gle goal at home, win­ning a pair of pre­sea­son con­test this week.

The Cougars put three scores on the board on Tues­day, Sept. 1 at Amador and kept the Buf­faloes from hit­ting the back of the net, win­ning 3-0. Scor­ing for Escalon were se­niors Jairo Du­ran and Ulisses Ramirez along with ju­nior Chris Gallo. Du­ran added two as­sists and ju­nior goal­keeper Is­mael Gon­za­lez had four saves in the win.

Thurs­day, the team was on their home field and fell be­hind Calav­eras 1-0 in the first half, then cashed in on a pair of goals over the fi­nal 40 min­utes to earn a 2-1 win.

Se­nior Car­los Cruz and fresh­man Guillermo Alvarez each scored a goal in the con­test, with se­nior Mario Ros­ales and Alvarez each notch­ing an as­sist. Gon­za­lez got the start in goal and had three saves, one goal against in 50 min­utes of work. Fabri­cio Gallo came on for the fi­nal 30 min­utes of the game and had three saves as well.

Coach Paul Silva was pleased to get a pair of pre­sea­son wins, es­pe­cially earn­ing a shutout on the road and bat­tling back from an early deficit on the home field to cap­i­tal­ize late on a Calav­eras mis­take and get the go ahead goal.

The ju­nior var­sity team, mean­while, split its games this week. They brought a 2-0 win home from Amador with goals from Mario Zu­rita and Daniel Tapia, an as­sist by Edgar Lar­ios.

Thurs­day, it was a tougher game, the young Cougars un­able to get much go­ing against a pow­er­ful Calav­eras team. They ul­ti­mately fell to the visi­tors by a 5-1 fi­nal.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Ju­nior striker Chris Gallo, 11, comes in hard to get the shot past the Calav­eras keeper in ac­tion on Thurs­day at Escalon. Gallo had a goal in a 3-0 win over Amador ear­lier in the week

and saw the Cougars come back for a 2-1 win against Calav­eras in the Thurs­day game.

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