SALINAS VALLEY — In a game where one goal might be enough to win a game, the high school girls’ soccer teams from Gonzales and Greenfield produced 28 goals combined in the second week of Pacific Coast Athletic League divisional play.
Goal production was not as high in the boys’ soccer games, but the games stayed competitive for the local high school teams.
The Gonzales Spartan girls improved to 7-1-1 and 2-0-2 in the Santa Lucia Division with an 8-0 win over the Anzar Hawks and a 3-3 tie against the Robert Louis Stevenson Pirates.
“We used a mix of JV and varsity girls that stepped up and helped get the win with Anzar,” said Lady Spartans head coach Jose Tejeda. “Stevenson was a great rival, and now we know what to work on so we can be stronger the next time we see each other. Our defense led by Emily Ochoa, Alitzel Mauro-Perez, Adilene Cortez-Lopez, Grecia Valdez, Andrea Amador and goalie Areli-Calderon-Mancera has helped us get three straight shutouts and six straight wins before playing Stevenson. The team is looking good and is ready to compete.”
Katherine Toledo scored three goals to lead Gonzales against Anzar, and Valerie Oliva scored two goals in the Anzar game. Single goals were scored by Ochoa, Amador and Janelle Garcia.
In the Stevenson game, Ochoa scored two goals and Toledo had a solo goal.
Greenfield Lady Bruins (5-4-1, 3-1) shut out Trinity Christian 12-0 and kept Anzar scoreless in a 5-0 victory.
Scoring two or more goals against Trinity Christian were: Audrea Sanchez (three), Aaliyah Ortiz (two) and Andrea Marquez De Los Santos (two). Adding single goals were: Destiny Hernandez, Isabella Calderon, Estrella Solano and Rosalina Hernandez.
Sanchez scored three goals in the Anzar game, and Aideliz Moreno and Brian Moreno scored single goals.
King City Mustang girls (2-8, 0-2 in divisional play) lost 3-0 to North Monterey County and were defeated 7-1 by the York School.
Soledad High is 8-2-1 overall and 2-1 in the Mission Division as the Lady Aztecs lost 3-1 to Monte Vista Christian and beat the Pajaro Valley Grizzlies 2-1.
According to Aztecs head coach Victor Garcia, his team had a tough pair of divisional games last week.
“Monte Vista was a really good team, and even though we lost we never gave up as we fought until the last minute,” Garcia said. “In Friday’s game with PV, we knew they were also a strong team.”
Myrin Amilpa scored the goal against MVC and added another, along with a goal by Giselle Zepeda, in the comeback win over Pajaro Valley.
Division play continued this week with: Gonzales at Greenfield on Tuesday and against Trinity Christian on Friday; King City played at Notre Dame on Wednesday and will host St. Francis of Watsonville on Friday; Soledad hosted North Salinas on Tuesday and will host the Carmel Padres on Thursday night.
King City Mustangs are 3-0-1 in divisional play after a 1-0 win on Jan. 10 against Rancho San Juan in King City. The Mustangs completed the week with a 2-1 win in Salinas on Friday against the Salinas High Cowboys.
Gerardo Quintana scored the winning goal in the Rancho San Juan game, and Cruz Rios was credited with an assist.
At Salinas High, Damian Aguirre and Victory Medina scored the Mustang goals and Deon Rodriguez and Gerardo Quintana distributed the ball for assists.
Soledad Aztecs are 1-2-1 in the Mission Division as they were shut out 3-0 last Wednesday against the Palma Chieftains and lost by a 2-1 score at home on Friday to Pajaro Valley.
Ivan Salcido scored for Soledad against the Grizzlies.
Gonzales High had a .500 week with a 6-1 victory at Carmel and were shut out by a 2-0 score at Rabobank last Friday by the Robert Louis Stevenson Pirates.
“It was 0-0 in the first half against Carmel,” said Gonzales head coach Miguel Vidauri. “Once the second half started, our whole mentality and energy changed and we started to control the ball and took shots outside the box. Everything fell into place. In the Stevenson game, we had the majority of ball possession, but luck was not on our side.”
Spartan scorers in the Carmel win were: Jose Camacho (two), Jorge Lara, Jorge Uribe, Emmanual Mauro and Edgar Santiago.
Greenfield Bruins (5-5-1 overall, 2-2 in the Gabilan Division) began the week with a 1-0 victory over Hollister, followed by a 2-1 setback in Salinas against North Salinas.
“The Hollister game was a very defensive game on both sides and Larry Picazo scored the winning goal for us,” said Bruins head coach Manny Barron. “We caught some bad breaks in the game with North Salinas after we had been winning 1-0. In the last minutes, they just willed their way back into the game.”
In games this week, Gonzales played Wednesday at Monte Vista Christian and will host North County at Rabobank on Friday; Greenfield hosted the Seaside Spartans on Wednesday; King City hosted Monterey on Tuesday and plays at Pajaro Valley on Thursday; and Soledad played at Rancho San Juan in Salinas on Tuesday evening.