Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­

Scor­ing nine goals in two games – while not al­low­ing any – lifted Escalon’s var­sity soc­cer boys to a pair of Trans-Val­ley League wins.

They were on their home field for both games, host­ing Ripon and win­ning 3-0 on Tues­day, Sept. 22 and then dou­bling that on Moun­tain House, win­ning 6-0 on Thurs­day, Sept. 24.

“Tues­day we were lead­ing at half­time, 1-0,” ex­plained coach Paul Silva. “We scored at the 22-minute mark, Ger­ardo Ma­gana got the goal with an as­sist from Fabri­cio Gallo.”

Sec­ond half scor­ing saw Escalon tally their first goal of the half at the 65-minute mark, An­to­nio Lar­ios scor­ing off a Car­los Cruz as­sist and the fi­nal score com­ing there min­utes later. Guillermo Alvarez scored the third goal with an as­sist from Damien Parocua.

“Is­mael Gon­za­lez was in goal and he had nine saves, he was pretty ac­tive,” ex­plained Silva. “They took quite a few shots from out­side the box and they were very ac­cu­rate, it kept him on his toes.”

Thurs­day against Moun­tain House, the Cougars scored early and of­ten, the fi­nal goal re­sult­ing in a roughly 15-minute con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the Moun­tain House head coach and of­fi­cials, with the coach even­tu­ally be­ing is­sued a red card and the game end­ing with about seven min­utes left to play.

The coach protested the fi­nal goal, ar­gu­ing Cougar Fabri­cio Gallo – who headed it off a cor­ner kick and ended up in the goal him­self – im­peded the Moun­tain House goalie. But the ar­gu­ment did not go over with the of­fi­cials.

“It was in­ter­est­ing, to say the least,” ad­mit­ted Silva.

Escalon scored three goals in each half. They got started early, De­nis Pineda scor­ing on a Miguel Men­dez as­sist just three min­utes into the con­test. Ever­ardo Peralta got goal num­ber two 20 min­utes in, as­sisted by Alvarez, Jairo Du­ran capped the first half scor­ing with five min­utes left in the half off an as­sist from Ulises Ramirez.

It was the Fabri­cio Gallo show in the sec­ond half, as the se­nior leader punched in all three goals. Fifty-seven min­utes in, he scored off an as­sist from Alvarez and the two col­lab­o­rated again four min­utes later for a 5-0 Cougar lead. Men­dez took the cor­ner kick at the 73-minute mark that led to Gallo’s fi­nal goal and the Moun­tain House protest that ul­ti­mately ended the game.

Gon­za­lez had five saves in goal.

“We played re­ally well,” Silva said. “We were cre­at­ing a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties with the ball. While we were strug­gling against Ripon, our passes weren’t con­nect­ing and there was no flow on our part, the Thurs­day game against Moun­tain House was one of our bet­ter games this sea­son.”

Ju­nior Var­sity

Escalon High Class of 2007 alum Polo Ro­driguez has re­turned to EHS to coach and is lead­ing the JV soc­cer boys this sea­son. They also got a pair of wins on the pitch in league play this past week, top­ping Ripon and Moun­tain House. The young Cougars played to a 4-2 win against the vis­it­ing Ripon In­di­ans on Sept. 22 and took a 3-1 win off the field Thurs­day against Moun­tain House.


Fresh­man midfielder De­nis Pineda, 12, keeps his eye on the

ball in Thurs­day ac­tion against Moun­tain House. He was among the goal scor­ers for the Escalon var­sity this week, as

they got two league wins.

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