Var­sity Soc­cer Boys Win, Girls Split TVL Con­tests

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Wet weather con­tin­ued to ham­per soc­cer teams tak­ing the field for Escalon, though they did get all sched­uled con­tests in dur­ing the week.

For the var­sity boys, they ham­mered Modesto Chris­tian by a 10-0 fi­nal in Escalon dur­ing a Jan. 16 con­test.

“It was 6-0 at half,” head coach Paul Silva said. “An­drew Ben­itez had three goals.”

The rest of the scor­ing was spread around, with goals from Daniel Suarez, Ar­mando Gon­za­lez, Chris Gallo, Luis Men­dez, Alan Moreno and Daniel Gal­van on a penalty kick. Men­dez, who had two saves in goal in the first half, played the field in the sec­ond and notched a goal. Gallo had an as­sist and Is­mael Gon­za­lez had two saves in goal in the sec­ond half.

“Wed­nes­day at Hugh­son, it was very windy, the rain was com­ing down, we agreed to shorten the halves by five min­utes,” Silva ex­plained. “It was 8-0 at half­time and we just didn’t play the sec­ond half.”

Hugh­son opted out of the sec­ond half, Escalon tak­ing the 8-0 win in just 35 min­utes of play.

“There was a lot of stand­ing wa­ter on the field,” noted Silva.

Guillermo Al­varez had three goals and two as­sists, Ben­itez had two goals and two as­sists, Hec­tor Ro­driguez had two goals and an as­sist. Ar­mando Gon­za­lez had a goal and Chris Gallo an as­sist. Is­mael Gon­za­lez had one save.

JV BOYS

Only one game for the young Cougars this week, as MC does not field a JV team. The Cougars did go on the road for the game at Hugh­son on Jan. 18 and, they too, took an 8-0 win in just one half of play, the sec­ond half called off due to weather.

“It was re­ally rainy,” agreed coach Polo Ro­driguez. “Gus­tavo Her­nan­dez scored five goals for us.”

Adding one goal apiece in the vic­tory were Jose Men­dez, Moises Gra­jeda and Ricky Erazo, while Men­dez and Ryan Alpizar each had an as­sist.

VAR­SITY GIRLS

Escalon de­feated Modesto Chris­tian in Jan. 16 ac­tion by a 5-2 fi­nal.

“Mor­gan Dominguez has two goals and an as­sist,” said coach Jamie Peo­ples. “Mya Beary had a goal and an as­sist, Aylin Ro­driguez had a goal, Madi­son Kind­berg had an as­sist, An­gel­ica Fer­nan­dez had a goal and an as­sist.”

Leti­cia Gu­tier­rez had four saves.

Tak­ing on Hugh­son on a wet, sloppy and very cold Wed­nes­day – mov­ing the con­test to the JV field – the host Lady Cougars came up short in a 4-2 loss.

“We gave up two penalty kicks,” the coach noted of putting them­selves in a tough spot.

Scor­ing for Escalon were Dominguez and Fer­nan­dez, with Beary notch­ing an as­sist. Gu­tier­rez had seven saves.

“The weather was mis­er­able and it was cold,” Peo­ples said, hop­ing for some bet­ter weather and play­ing con­di­tions in the sec­ond half of league ac­tion.

The JV girls did not have any matches this past week, with nei­ther MC nor Hugh­son hav­ing JV teams.

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