GALT BLANKS TOKAY IN BOYS SOC­CER

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Bush NEWS-SENTINEL SPORTS WRITER

GALT — Two area high school boys soc­cer teams that have tasted plenty of suc­cess bat­tled in a non-league game on the Erv Hatzen­buh­ler Field of War­rior Sta­dium on Tues­day.

Af­ter 80 min­utes of their game, the score­board on the south end of the sta­dium had: Galt 2, Tokay 0.

“This was re­ally go­ing to be a good game that we were go­ing to get a test out of,” said Tokay head coach Ruben Gomez. “Ev­ery­body is go­ing to get tested be­cause they (Galt) are one of the bet­ter teams that we are go­ing to play all year.”

Galt head coach Al­fredo Ren­te­ria added, “We’ve been looking at new for­ma­tions be­cause we’ve lost a lot of play­ers. Tokay is a tough team. They were hard to get by.”

In the 24th minute of the game, Galt de­fender Ernesto Bec­cerra broke a 0-0 score. In the mid­dle of Tokay’s goal along with nearly a half-dozen

War­rior and Tiger play­ers, Bec­cerra took a corner kicker and buried the ball into the right corner of the goal for a 1-0 score.

“We’ve been work­ing a lot on our set plays,” Ren­te­ria said. “We’ve been work­ing a lot on our head­ing, make sure that we win those, es­pe­cially when we’re on the at­tack. And we did win a lot of those balls.”

In the re­main­ing min­utes of the open­ing half, Galt (2-0) and Tokay (0-1-1) were de­fen­sive about let­ting the other try­ing to push the ball to­ward their op­po­nent’s net.

“We started with four dif­fer­ent kids in the back to­day,” Gomez said. “I feel that by the time league starts, I should have, hope­fully, my back (field) that I want to use.”

Tokay’s Ed­uardo Ro­driguez had a shot on goal in the 58th minute of the game. Shoot­ing the soc­cer ball at the south end of the field, Ro­driguez’s kick, com­ing from the left side, looked like it had enough push to go into the net. But the ball went out­side on the right side of the net.

Galt had two shots on goal be­fore its fi­nal goal in the sec­ond half. Mid­fielder Gon­zalo Gar­cia had the first one at Tokay’s goal at the north end of the field. But the soc­cer ball sailed over the net.

At the 66th minute, War­rior for­ward En­rique Her­nan­dez, only a sopho­more, had the next op­por­tu­nity. But the slow roller rolled to the left side of the net and out of bounds.

Three min­utes later, Galt tacked on its fi­nal goal of the game. For­ward Juan Cruz, from cross­field on Tokay’s side­line, took a bad pass from a Tiger player and fired the ball into the left corner of the net for a 2-0 score.

“Looks like we created a lot of chances to­day,” Ren­te­ria said.

Tokay’s fi­nal chance to score came at the 75th minute of the game on a penalty kick. Edu­rado Guillen, one of the Tigers’

two cap­tains, was fouled hard in the box. That sent him 1 on 1 with Galt goal­keeper Daniel Mar­avilla on the penalty kick. But Guillen’s shot rolled out­side the box and out of bounds.

“We did strug­gle,” said Gomez of the Tigers’ of­fense. “I don’t have any nat­u­ral for­wards like I did last year. Most of them that are play­ing are my mid­field­ers; they’re learn­ing.”

Both Tokay and Galt lost many play­ers to grad­u­a­tion last spring.

Last win­ter, Tokay cap­tured the Tri-City Ath­letic League ti­tle last win­ter. The Tigers beat Davis High of Davis, 4-2, in penalty kicks in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Divi­sion I play­offs on Feb. 12. But in a sec­ond round game on

Valen­tine’s Day, Je­suit showed no love for Tokay, as it posted a 3-1 win. Tokay is the three-time de­fend­ing TCAL cham­pion.

Galt won the Sierra Val­ley Con­fer­ence ti­tle, also last win­ter. The War­riors have won the con­fer­ence ti­tle four of the last five sea­sons.

In the sec­tion’s D-IV play­offs last win­ter, Galt posted vic­to­ries over Dixon and Natomas of Sacra­mento. Then Galt blanked Liv­ingston 2-0 in the sec­tion ti­tle game at Tokay High’s Hub­bard Field on Feb. 21. That game was the sec­ond time that Galt and Liv­ingston met for the sec­tion’s blue ban­ner.

The War­riors earned a Cal­i­for­nia In­ter­scholas­tic Fed­er­a­tion NorCal berth for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year. But Prospect of Saratoga posted a 3-2 first round win.

MIKE BUSH/NEWS-SENTINEL

Galt's Ernesto Bec­cerra (10) and Tokay's Ed­uardo Guillen (8) watch the ball bounce to­ward the Tokay side­lines on the east side of War­rior Sta­dium dur­ing Tues­day's non-league game.

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