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Trojans squeak by PV

Posted: Saturday, Feb 2nd, 2013

Pajaro Valley High’s Luis Rodriguez heads the ball away from Alisal’s Lorenzo Vasquez during the second half of their game Friday night at Emmett Geiser Field at Watsonville High. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — This 1-0 finish didn’t end well for the Pajaro Valley High boys soccer team on Friday night at Emmett Geiser Field.

The Grizzlies were done in for a second time this season by Alisal High by the same one-goal outcome.

It’s the sixth 1-0 game Pajaro Valley has played this season. The team is 4-2 in those games, with the two losses coming at the hands of the Trojans.

Two teams who seem to be closer than newly sliced bread were once again decided by one ball that got to the back of the net.

“It’s another nailbiter,” said Alisal High coach Mark Cisneros. “Every game has been like that this year. These games — there’s two skilled teams, and we took advantage of that one mistake.”

In the 39th minute, a Pajaro Valley player got called for a foul, giving Alisal a free kick from about 40 yards out. Lorenzo Vasquez took the kicking duties and sent the ball right toward the center of the goal. Santiago Morales timed his jump perfectly and headed the ball past the Pajaro Valley defense for the only goal of the game.

The two teams went into the intermission seconds after that.

Alisal got a measure of redemption after nearly doing the same play 10 minutes earlier. Morales secured the ball about 40 yards away and let it rip toward the net. A teammate headed the ball into the goal, and the players celebrated only to find out that offsides had been called.

Other than the goal and the non-goal, both teams struggled to get anything going on the night, as if they were mirror images of the other.

“These guys are good, and you have to do that little extra just to score,” said Pajaro Valley coach Juan Roman. “That No. 4 (Daniel Pulido) was everywhere.”

For the complete article see the 02-02-2013 issue.

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