Clean sheet for Canyon

Boys soc­cer: Cow­boys shut out Cal­abasas on the road

The Signal - - Sports - By Diego Mar­quez Sig­nal Staff Writer

Play­ing in in­clement weather, Canyon boys soc­cer trav­eled to Cal­abasas on a chilly Wed­nes­day night.

Dom­i­nat­ing the time of posses­sion through­out the game,

Canyon looked like the more pre­pared and tech­ni­cally sound team, de­feat­ing the Coy­otes


“I thought un­der the con­di­tions we played well,” said

Canyon head coach Robert Be­navidez. “We came out and pressed them and were able to cap­i­tal­ize on their mis­takes.

Over­all, I’m happy and sat­is­fied. But like I just fin­ished telling them, this is just one step in our jour­ney and we have to con­tinue to move for­ward and get ready for our next op­po­nent and get ready for league.”

The Cow­boys (2-1-2) be­gan the game press­ing-high not giv­ing the op­pos­ing Cal­abasas play­ers to cre­ate any space.

With Shane Kelly mak­ing the oc­ca­sional run from his right-back po­si­tion, the Cow­boys threat­ened to score ev­ery time they pos­sessed the ball.

Crack­ing de­fen­sively just 11 min­utes into the half, Cal­abasas made a mis­take that the Cow­boys cap­i­tal­ized on.

Try­ing to clear a ball, Cal­abasas’ goal­keeper kicked the ball to a team­mate, not see­ing the Cow­boys de­fender lurk­ing just feet away. Step­ping in front of the pass Ed­ward Qui­jano stole the ball from about 20 yards out and rock­eted a shot into the back of the Cal­abasas net putting Canyon ahead 1-0.

I no­ticed my left wing had cov­ered me after I made the over­lap­ping run and I heard my coach say­ing, ‘tuck in, tuck in,’” Qui­jano said. “So I tucked in and read the ball and with my first touch, just like we’ve been prac­tic­ing, I hit it in.”

Tito Gon­za­lez and Kelly con­tin­ued to put pres­sure on the Cal­abasas de­fense play­ing 1-2 with each other down the right flank.

Head­ing into the half, Canyon held a 1-0 lead over Cal­abasas.

The Coy­otes came out ag­gres­sive and spent the open­ing min­utes in Cow­boys ter­ri­tory after half­time.

Creat­ing a scor­ing

op­por­tu­nity on a cor­ner­kick, Cal­abasas looked like it evened the game at 1-1 after a header with 26 min­utes left in the sec­ond half, but the goal was ruled no good be­cause of a push in the back by a Coy­ote player.

Con­tin­u­ing to play tech­ni­cally sound soc­cer, the Cow­boys were able to light up the score­board with 16 min­utes left in the game after for­ward Joe Lu­cia broke free net­ting the sec­ond goal of the game for the Cow­boys.

Fi­nally break­ing through after be­ing de­nied just inches short of a goal by the cross­bar on the pre­vi­ous trip down the field, Gon­za­lez was able to get be­hind the Cal­abasas de­fense on a through ball.

Go­ing one-on-one, Gon­za­lez switched the ball to his right foot putting the Cow­boys ahead 3-0 in the clos­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half.

“It’s a rainy day so I knew I had to have a re­ally close touch,” Gon­za­lez said. “I saw the ball com­ing to me, I turned as I could and I just used my speed and took the ball to the keeper. It was a 50/50 shot and it ended up go­ing my way.”

Drop­ping their first game of the sea­son, Canyon is un­de­feated in the last four games, go­ing 2-02, and will take on South Pasadena High School on the road at 3:30 p.m. on Fri­day.

“We have gone pre­vi­ous years with­out win­ning a sin­gle game, but we don’t lose here. We just learn and we are ready for any­body,” Qui­jano said.

Canyon 3 Cal­abasas 0

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