THURSDAY’S SOCCER ROUNDUP
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 2, Wilson 0
Maribel Duran and Jeanette Jimenez each scored second half goals for the Saints (15-2-1, 6-0) in a win over the Wildcats (8-4-1, 5-2-0). Duran scored her unassisted goal in the 69th minute when she intercepted an errant pass and found herself behind the Wilson defense and got a shot off that found the lower right corner of the net. On the play, Wilson’s goalie Kaylin Richards tried to shorten the angle on Duran by coming out to challenge her but, Duran made a move to the right which caused Richards to commit and Duran was able to find the net.
“What can you say about her (Maribel Duran). Being an experienced player, she was able to use that experience to make her move and score,” said Wilson’s coach Ricardo Recinos.
Less than six minutes later, Jimenez scored on an assist from Daisy Duran in the 74th minute when Jimenez received a crossing pass from Duran and got a shot off that beat Richards in the lower right corner.
“I told the girls I thought we played really well but, it was our inexperience that cost us the game,” said Recinos. “We start two freshmen and six sophomores and they were able to exploit our inexperience. That’s what a good team does. Hopefully, this will be a good learning experience for us the rest of the season.” The defending Valle Vista champs improved to 13-2-2 and 6-0 in league play. San Dimas was active on offense, taking 42 shots. Saints keeper Britain Chaputa had five saves.
Walnut 2, Diamond Ranch 0
The Mustangs Amber Marani scored twice in the first half on assists from Julie Lizarraga-Gaeta and Janae Avila. Walnut improves to 7-6-3 overall and 3-1-2 in league.
La Puente 2, Workman 0
Sophomore center midfielder Arye Looney is having an outstanding year for the Warriors (6-5-3, 6-1-1). On Thursday, Looney scored her 16th and 17th goals of the season in leading the Warrior (6-5-3, 6-1-1) to victory. “Arye is a very skilled and smart player,” said La Puente coach Ryan Lage. “She has a nose for the ball around the net and also a knack for getting the ball in the net as well as she demonstrated today.”
Looney scored her first goal in the 12th minute on a pass from Michelle Palma and proceeded to dribble behind the Lobos defense and beat Workman’s (1-11-1, 1-6-0) goalie Andrea Vasquez who attempted to cut the angle on Looney who found an open net for the score. Looney scored again in the 60th minute.
Sierra Vista 4, Azusa 0
The Dons got two goals from Jasmine Loera with an assist from Jessica Lopez. Lopez also scored with an assist by Cynthia Hernandez.
Sierra Vista (11-2-2, 8-0) got their final goal from Daisy Ruiz with the assist from Isabel Chavez.The Dons took 18 shots on goal compared to four shots from Azusa. Sierra Vista keeper Rosalma Ramirez had two saves and Bianca Denegas had seven saves for the Aztecs.
Azusa dropped to 5-4-1 and 3-3-1 in league action.
Gladstone 2, Ganesha 1
Behind two unassisted goals from senior midfielder Eric Romo, the Gladiators (6-7-1, 4-4-0) got past the Giants. “We played really well today,” said Gladstone coach J.D. Garcia.
“We played with alot of heart and maturity and hopefully we can continue that effort as we progress through league.” Romo scored his first goal in the 20th minute on a free kick from about 35 yards away. The goal was set up because of a foul committed by the Giants just outside the box.
Ganesha got their goal when Filiberto Oceguera scored unassisted in the 65th minute. In the 75th minute, Romo scored the Gladiators’ go-ahead goal on a penalty kick that was set up by a foul that was committed in the box.
TODAY’S SIERRA LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Claremont at Ayala, 5:30 p.m.
Damien at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
Chino Hills vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala at Claremont, 5:30 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
South Hills at Chino Hills, 5:30 p.m.