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Tuesday’s Boys Soccer results
Diamond Ranch 4, Charter Oak 0 –– Simon Dewhurst scored two goals and Trey James had a goal and assist as the Panthers opened the Miramonte with a victory to improve to 9-3-1 overall.
Gladstone 2, Workman 1 — Victor Silva scored both goals for the Gladiators, who improved to 8-5-1 and 3-0 in the Montview. Workman dropped to 3-5-2 and 1-2-1.
Sierra Vista 7, Bassett 1 — Eddie Gomez’s hat-trick paced the Dons, who improved to 10-1-2 and 4-0 in the Montview.
West Covina 2, Walnut 0, OT – Ivan Lopez scored both goals in overtime to lift the Bulldogs to a 7-2-2 and 1-0 record in the San Antonio. Walnut dropped to 5-6-1.
Wilson 3, Rowland 0 — The Wildcats, top-ranked in the CIF polls, showed why behind a pair of goals from Salomon Reyes and goalkepper Manuel Amezquita earned his fourth shutouts as the Wildcats improved to 11-2-2.
Above: Julio Fernandez congratulated after scoring the game winning goal for Vikings.
For all the success that usually follows the Mountain View High School boys soccer team, Rosemead had its number last season. The Vikings’ only Mission Valley League loss came against Rosemead, and they tied in their other meeting, which cost the Vikings the league title by a half-game to Arroyo. After dodging several Panthers’ scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes of Tuesday’s MVL opener, the Vikings eventually settled down and got a 56th-minute goal from Julio Fernandez to secure a 1-0 victory.
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Fernandez received a nice square pass from Diego Rodriguez at the right corner of the penalty area, then he finished it, burying his shot in the upper-right corner for the game-winner.
“It was a good pass,” Fernandez said. “It was bouncing a little, but I hit it good off the side of my cleat and it bent in perfectly.”
The Vikings, ranked third in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division VI poll, improved to 9-4-2 overall.
“They were coming at us with throw-ins, corner kicks, and had too many chances in the beginning,” Mountain View coach Felipe Corona said. “That’s how they beat us last year, on set pieces.
“We sat some of our regular starters because they missed practice, so we were lucky we didn’t pay for it. By the middle of the first half and all the second half, I thought we took control, especially in the midfield. We could have had a few more goals.”
In the eighth minute, Rosemead had a sequence in which two shots were blocked off the line by defenders, and a third shot by Edson Quinteros hit the crossbar.
Rosemead had another shot in the 21st minute poked over the crossbar by Vikings goalkeeper Iran Rodriguez.
“We didn’t take advantage of our chances,” Panthers first-year coach Rick Ingram said. “If we took advantage in the beginning, it would have been a whole different game. We should of been up at least 2-0, and when you miss those chances, they come back to get you.”
Mountain View dominated the second half, giving up nothing defensively behind the back four of Fabian Villasenor, Enrique Miranda, Freddy Centeno and Manuel Garcia.
In fact, it was surprising it took the Vikings so long to score.
Manuel Cervantes was free at the back post, but Panthers goalkeeper Kevin Bustamante rushed over and knocked it away before he could get a shot off.
Omar Rodriguez, who had several chances for the Vikings, watched Bustamante make another great save off his left-footed shot in the 50th minute.
“It turned out to be a pretty good win,” Corona said. “You don’t want to start off league with a loss, especially against a team that you couldn’t beat last year. Hopefully, this sets the tone the rest of the way.”
For Rosemead, which dropped to 7-3-3, Ingram hopes it’s a lesson learned because the Panthers are talented enough to get to the playoffs and contend for the league title.
“This is a new system for us, it’s going to take some time, but we’re coming together,” Ingram said. “We have to improve mentally. When they scored, we have to learn to get over it and get back in the game rather than put our heads down.
“I’m proud of them, but that’s an aspect of our game we need to work on.”
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