Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
PASADENA -- It’s not how many opportunities you get, it’s what you do with your opportunities.
Visiting Pomona had more than its share, but Marshall had the one that counts.
Marshall’s Ben Cuevas slid a pass wide for Jaime DePaz in the 29th minute and DePaz’s hurried shot ricocheted off Red Devils defender Eric Ortiz and snuck home for the lone goal, giving the Eagles a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils in Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 second-round game. (To continue click thread)
Today’s Boys Soccer second round results
Palos Verdes 2, Damien 1
Claremont 1, Redondo Union 0, OT
Marshall 1, Pomona 0
Granite Hills at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Watch Claremont score the game winner on a Golden Goal in overtime
Marshall, a surprising 2-1 winner over fourth-seed La Canada in the first round, moves on to Friday’s quarterfinals where it will face either
Righetti or Godinez.
“I wasn’t even expecting the ball,” DePaz said. “If it wasn’t for Benny Cuevas, we wouldn’t of scored that goal.”
For most of the afternoon Marshall was chasing and defending, particularly trying to keep tabs on Red Devils striker Juan Gutierrez, who created
havoc, particularly in the final 20 minutes.
Gutierrez rattled a shot off the crossbar in the 53rd minute, missed another wide in the 60th and Cesar Ortiz had a shot hit the left post. It was that kind of afternoon for Pomona, which finishes the season 15-5-4 after winning the Valle Vista League title.
Marshall’s sturdy center backs Ivan Pacheco, David Mielke along with goalkeeper Michael Quintero deserve a lot of credit as well.
Quintero saved a sure goal at the near post off a Gutierrez shot in the 72nd minute and Mielke headed a shot off the line late that helped preserve the victory.
Marshall improved to 18-4
“You saw the discipline of us defending and playing low pressure at the end with a one goal lead,” Marshall coach Dino Barbiera said. “I know it’s kind of dangerous but I felt the boys had it in them.
“It was very nerve-racking, it was very exciting, but I have a lot of faith in our goalkeeper and I trusted our defense.”
For Pomona coach Albert Adou, he knows finishing is the name of the game.
“It was anybody’s game, CIF it a totally different beast and we have to finish,” Adou said. “Am I disappointed? I congratulate them and (DePaz) is a great player, he controlled the game for them. But we had a lot of chances and should have capitalized.
“You saw it in the second half, we were down 1-0 and we were unlucky. That’s part of the game, we’ll move on.”