Set pieces no match for Hart

Canyon shuts out GV, Wild­cats win by one

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Sports Edi­tor

Hart boys soc­cer had a win over Va­len­cia within reach on Fri­day at Hart. But in the 77th minute, a se­ries of set pieces came rain­ing down on the In­di­ans de­fense.

The In­di­ans were able to fend off each one, how­ever, as they took down the Vik­ings, the de­fend­ing Foothill League champions, 2-1.

“I think that was the most dif­fi­cult part of this game. Play­ing zone def­i­nitely helped and not man-mark­ing,” said se­nior Dil­lon Vega.

“We have a lot of tall play­ers, so we can get that head in the air and get the ball out of the air. I think that was a big, key part of the game.”

Va­len­cia (2-5-2, 0-1-1) did slip a goal by Hart (86-1, 2-0), how­ever, scor­ing on a free kick in the 65th minute on a shot that went low and left.

“This isn’t the first time in the sea­son we’ve con­ceded goals in the last sec­ond of the game,” Vega said. “So I think the big­gest part was keep­ing our fo­cus, keep­ing our cool and get­ting that ball out of our zone.”

The In­di­ans, who are now on a three-game win

streak, scored both their goals in the first half of play. The first came from Lawrence Luna in the 20th minute, while the sec­ond came in the 38th minute when Vega knocked in a header off a Bran­don Martinez throw-in.

The Vik­ings de­feated and tied Hart last sea­son and have been the Foothill League champions ev­ery year since the 2014-15 sea­son.

“When we play games and we stick to the plan, we tend to do well,” said coach Adonay Jovel. “They started get­ting a lot of calls in the sec­ond half, but I thought we re­ally dom­i­nated the game. It feels good for the kids to beat them.”

Canyon 1, Golden Val­ley 0

Adam Ro­driguez scored for the Cow­boys (310-2, 1-1) in the 13th minute. Joshua Roque was cred­ited with the as­sist. Canyon added four shots on goal and goal­keeper Chase Moyni­han had five saves.

Canyon next plays Hart on Jan. 16. Golden Val­ley is now 3-6-2 and 0-2 and plays Sau­gus on Jan. 16.

West Ranch 3, Sau­gus 2

The Wild­cats’ Danny Pare­des scored two goals and Car­los Gu­tier­rez added one.

West Ranch (6-1-2, 2-0) takes on Va­len­cia on Jan. 16. Sau­gus (6-4-4, 0-1-1) plays at Golden Val­ley on the same day.

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Hart boys soc­cer striker Lawrence Luna keeps the ball in bounds against Va­len­cia at Hart on Fri­day.

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Hart boys soc­cer de­fender Luis Gar­cia keeps the ball away from a Va­len­cia player at Hart on Fri­day.

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