By Peter Carey
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the San Juan Hills High School boys' varsity soccer
continued play in the Irvine Tournament and our path toward glory.
We played the first game at 10 a.m. vs. Norco High School, knowing that we had to come out with a victory no matter what.
We played a great game, taking control from the very beginning. Norco couldn't find its way to our goal, while we kept on bombarding theirs. Damon Jarman scored the first goal to open the scoring action and later scored the second goal that put the nail in the coffin, as we ended up with a 2-0 victory.
Later that day, we faced La Sierra High School in a rematch from the previous day in the semifinals. We started the game lazy and it ended up killing us. La Sierra opened the scoring with a shot from the 18-yard line.
Later on they got a penalty kick, which increased their lead to 2-0. Halfway in the first half, Franklin Campos scored to make the game 2-1 after sending a cross that hit one of La Sierra players before entering the goal.
Close to the end of the first half, our keeper made a mistake and that cost us another goal, making the score 3-1 at the half.
In the second half, San Juan Hills woke up and started to give La Sierra a fight once again. Campos took a shot and scored the second goal to make it 3-2. We kept on attacking and the pressure was affecting La Sierra.
We had a chance to tie it half way into the second half as Luke Alcantara took a shot from a ways out that just sailed wide of the goal. In the end, we lost 3-2 for the second time to La Sierra, which was one of last year's CIF semifinalist teams in a really well played game.
— Carey is the coach of the varsity boys' soccer team at San Juan Hill High.