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PV's lone goal enough to get win over Watsonville

Modified: Friday, Jan 25th, 2013

Watsonville High's Cristian Gonzalez (17) is fouled while trying to head the ball during the first half Thursday night at Emmett Geiser Field. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE Pajaro Valley and 1-0 games are almost like peanut butter and jelly.

It doesn't matter the opponent, the day or the stakes. The Grizzlies' boys soccer team is likely to be in a game where only one goal is scored.

So far, the outcome has gone in their favor.

Daniel Meza scored in the 63rd minute off a pass from midfield to score what ended up being the only goal of the game, as Pajaro Valley downed rival Watsonville 1-0 on Thursday night at Emmett Geiser Field.

The Grizzlies are 4-1 this season in 1-0 games.

A Pajaro Valley player got fouled in the 63rd minute near the 'W' that graces the turf. The Grizzlies sent nearly everyone to the box as they awaited the free kick from midfield. The ball went right to Meza, who corralled the ball just to the right of the goal. Even though he was draped by a Watsonville defender on his left side, he shot the ball that way. The ball skidded low and just out of the reach of the Watsonville goalkeeper as the boys in green and white celebrated.

The goal ended 63 minutes of a defensive duel where there weren't too many shot opportunities for either team.

But once Meza's goal went in, it's like the earth moved.

Watsonville did its best to race by Pajaro Valley. The Grizzlies responded with a fast-pass attack in hopes of getting a second goal.

In the 69th minute, Watsonville got a throw-in right near the corner. The ball sailed to the goal, where Pajaro Valley goalkeeper Aurelio Anaya leaped high to get it.

Three minutes later, a Pajaro Valley player was yellow carded, giving Watsonville a free kick at midfield. Nothing materialized from that kick, but a Watsonville player was fouled 25 yards away, giving the Wildcatz a free kick from even closer range. But the kick went right to a wall of players Pajaro Valley had set up.

Watsonville didn't let up and got a corner kick in the 77th minute. The initial ball was booted right back to the corner, and a Watsonville player sent it right to the goal again, where Anaya secured it.

In a lengthy extra session, each team had a shot on goal. Watsonville made one more sprint to the promised land, but the squad was denied and given a corner kick. The ball was immediately cleared, and the game was called.

For the complete article see the 01-26-2013 issue.

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