The final game of the season for the boys’ soccer squads saw the three teams match up against Dana Hills. The varsity and junior varsity teams both went out 0-2, while the frosh/soph team managed to pull off a tie at home.
The game started off very even with both teams having multiple chances. About 15 minutes in, the Stallions had a great chance when the ball found its way in front of the goal. Unfortunately, it couldn't find the back of the net.
Dana Hills had a shot on goal 22 minutes in, but the goalkeeper made a diving save. The good vibes didn’t last long when minutes later, San Juan Hills – playing a man short – gave up a goal when Dana ran deep into the right corner and scored on a nice cross. The remainder of the half calmed down and ended with the Dolphins up by a score of 1-0.
The competition heated up in the second half with the Stallion players keeping pace on the ball with their attack and fending off every advantage Dana Hills could muster. Twice in the second half, San Juan found the ball again in front of the net but just could not get the ball in.
Eventually Dana scored again off a corner kick with less than 12 minutes left in the game. San Juan Hills fought back multiple times, but playing with only 10 men for more than two-thirds of the game left the Stallions exhausted and defeated.
Final Score DH 2, SJHHS 0. Tough season but one that the team can look back on and know where to improve upon, said parent Tom Findlay.
In the last game of the season, Dana Hills started strong with a score 1-0 in the first half. In the second half, San Juan's Jose Jimenez, Salvardo Zamarripa, Zach Young and Luke Alcantara had scoring chances but no luck.
San Juan Hills JV boys finished their season with a 0-2 loss at Dana Hills.
SJH determined to finish their season strong. Within minutes of kickoff, Donovan Shreve spotted Sean Silva, who sent the ball directly into the net. Fifteen minutes later the Dolphins, tied it up with one of the own. By half, the score remained tied at 1.
San Juan Hills created several golden opportunities to score. Unfortunately, while the Stallion boys kept Dana’s defense frustrated and the goalie extremely busy, the San Juan Hills offense was unable to finish.
Parker Sundly, Joseph Ortiz, Oscar Garcia, Oscar Manzano and Moises Torres dominated the middle.
With minutes left in the game, the ref called a foul on Dana Hills, which meant a free kick for SJH 35 yards out from their goal. Ortiz sends it in the goal box. Both teams sprints toward the goal. The ball ricocheted off a player, then bounced off a few more. Mayco Garcia found it at his feet.
Shoots! Scores! San Juan Hills was up 2-1.
For 20 seconds. The whistle blew, the ref raises his hand. Offsides. No goal.
Dana Hills gave goalkeeper Tanner Novak a pounding. He finished the game with six saves, giving up one.
Final score, 1-1.
– Ali Sundly, Tom Findlay and Sue Young contributed to this report.