Wilson 2, Diamond Ranch 0
Mira Valdez was grimacing in pain moments after Wilson High School’s impressive 2-0 boys soccer victory over four-time defending Miramonte League champion Diamond Ranch on Thursday. Valdez turned his right ankle in their previous game against Bonita. When the trainer removed the tape after he had scored both goals and improved the CIF-Southern Section’s Division IV’s top-ranked Wildcats to 14-2-2 and 3-0, a smile finally lit up his face after helping the Wildcats take over first place. Diamond Ranch, No. 7 in Div. IV, dropped to 10-3-2 and 2-1-1. “This was a big one,” said the 5-foot-5 striker who plays more as an attacking midfielder. “I could barely feel my ankle, but this is my senior year. I was in a lot of pain but there was no way I was missing this game. “They’ve been the champions for a while but now it’s our turn. We want league, we want CIF, so it’s all out the rest of the way.”
Fred’s take: I heard a lot about Valdez but hadn’t seen him. He is the best player I’ve seen in the two years covering this area. He’s a rare left-footed player with incredible skill, great balance and beautiful finishing skills. College’s are always looking for skilled lefties, and he has the good to play at the next level.
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