SIERRA LEAGUE OPENERS WEDNESDAY:
South Hills 3, Chino Hills 1 — Both struggled in non-league, SHills gets a boost, CHills in big trouble.
Damien 1, Charter Oak 0 — Defending champs favored again.
Claremont 2, Ayala 0 — Wolfpack with the best chance to dethrone Damien.
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Charter Oak 4, St. Lucy’s 2 — Chargers went 1-9 in Sierra last year.
Claremont 2, Ayala 0 — Wolfpack could be Chino Hills’ biggest threat.
Sierra Vista 3, Duate 0 — There is a certain amount of luck to play to an undefeated season. Sierra Vista High School took a lot of that luck in its Montview League showdown against visiting Duarte on Tuesday afternoon. “It was at least a little bit of luck,” Sierra Vista senior Mario Saenz said of the 3-0 victory, “But the skill and effort are always there. Going undefeated is motivation for us. We’re just being humble and giving it our best.”
The Dons remained unbeaten, and once-tied. It was Duarte’s first league defeat.
“It was by far our worst game of the season,” Dons coach Jose Rodriguez said. “I don’t know what it was. If we would have played 50 percent of the way we practiced (Monday) night, it would have been a different thing. But the score was there.” Saenz had two goals and an assist.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 1, El Monte 0 — Arroyo High School midfielder Adrian Ramirez said he woke Tuesday morning and felt he had a big game coming. He was right.
Ramirez scored the lone goal in the 76th minute to lift Arroyo to a 1-0 victory over El Monte in a battle of undefeated teams in the Mission Valley league opener.
The Knights’ Jose Meza got it started on a breakaway. Meza’s shot was poked away by Lions goalkeeper Ramon Rodriguez but Ramirez was there to clean it up. Ramirez didn’t finish on his first shot, but followed up his own shot for the game winner
“I thought was going to miss,” Ramirez said. “But I felt calm and I knew the goal was inside me. I felt that anger inside me and I had to let it out. Our coach told us it’s all about winning.” El Monte (6-1, 0-1), which had outscored its opponents 56-2 entering the match, had a chance to tie a minute later, earning a penalty kick in the 77th minute. But Jesus’ Garcia steered his game-tying attempt wide and Arroyo remained undefeated, improving to 6-0-4 and 1-0 in league.
Los Altos 1, Diamond Bar 1
Los Altos didn’t beat Hacienda League girls soccer rival Diamond Bar on Tuesday.
It just felt that way.
Natalia Elizarraras scored with about five minutes to play in regulation to help the Conquerors tie the host Brahmas in a key league game.
The Conquerors, who got nine saves from goalie Daniela Gonzalez, are 8-2-3 overall and 1-0-1 in league play. Diamond Bar, which scored its only goal on an own goal in the first minute, is 9-2-3 and 2-0-1.
Los Altos coach Chris Reeder: “I told the girls that the way this league works, very few (teams) go undefeated in this league. When you go to somebody’s house, you have to get a point. Our goal was to tie the game. If you can get a win here great. We haven’t won here in a long time. We came away with a point, and get to play them at our place in the second round.”
Diamond Bar coach Matt Brummett: “It was a fair result, I think. It went back and forth. Both sides, there were chances to win the game. A good old-fashion Hacienda League matchup. It was a fair result. It’s unfortunate we didn’t come away with the win, but I’m sure they feel the same way.”