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Trojans never trail in beating Wildcatz

Posted: Friday, Jan 18th, 2013

Watsonville High's Alvaro Madrigal runs down the field with the ball during the second half of the Wildcatz's game against Alisal on Thursday night at Emmett Geiser Field. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE Ė A fan described the Alisal High boys soccer team as a team on ice skates because of how fast the players are.

The Trojans showed their speed and never let Watsonville get a chance to breathe as they defeated the Wildcatz 5-1 on Thursday night in a showdown of two nationally ranked teams.

Watsonville was able to do what four other teams have done against Alisal: score a goal. But the squad joins the other 11 teams this season who havenít beaten the Trojans (11-0-1, 4-0 MBL Gabilan).

Five different Alisal players scored.

The Wildcatz were the team that started the second half like a mack truck going at a high rate of speed. They pushed the tempo and had the Trojans on their heels. But the equalizer never came.

Alvaro Madrigal got a pass right away from Gonzalo Samudio in the 41st minute, but the shot went wide to the left. The Wildcatz got the ball back, and Alex Cibrian went for it from about 10 yards away, but his shot was contested, and the ball went to the right.

Watsonville didnít let up, getting a corner kick right after that. A header spiked to the ground but not in among the sea of players.

The Wildcatz continued to get opportunities, but Alisal turned the hosts back each time. In the 52nd minute, a Watsonville shot opportunity was stopped about 20 yards from the goal. The Trojans got the ball and raced down the field in a couple of eye blinks. Willy Miranda stopped near the right sideline and fired in a laser shot that went low and past the Watsonville goalkeeper to give Alisal a 3-1 lead.

From there, Alisal put the vice on the Wildcatz. Luis Duenas and Lorenzo Vasquez both scored on similar laser shots in a 10-minute span that put the game out of reach.

Watsonville tied the game at 1-1 on a penalty kick by Madrigal in the 34th minute. The Wildcatz got the opportunity when a player rushed down the field with the ball and got taken down inside the box. The game was stopped for a couple of minutes as a trainer went onto the field to check the player.

Madrigalís kick went low and to the left as the Alisal goalkeeper veered right.

For the complete article see the 01-19-2013 issue.

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