California, El Rancho play to stalemate

first_imgThe task became more difficult in the 65th minute when a Dons player received a red card, forcing El Rancho to finish regulation and the overtime with 10 players. “I’d like to praise my kids for their effort in those last 50 minutes,” Dons coach Alex Clark said. “We played with a lot of pride and with a lot of honor and with a lot of heart. “I think we’ve hit our turning point with this game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think we had a few more chances than they did, but we didn’t finish. We had our moments where we made mistakes, but overall both teams played well.” The visiting Condors (10-1-1, 2-0-1) stunned the home crowd by jumping out to an early lead on the first shot attempt of the game. PICO RIVERA – In a clash between two boys soccer teams at the top of the Del Rio League, neither California High School nor El Rancho seized control of the league race Thursday, the game ending in a 1-1 overtime tie. “The competition (between the two teams) is very, very good,” California coach Dave Rolfe said. “They played well and we played well. Both teams gave a 110 percent. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaIn the fifth minute, California goalkeeper Mario Escorcia sent a long kick that bounded over the heads of two defenders. Junior forward Michael Paz settled the ball at the top of the 18-yard box, then booted it past the El Rancho keeper into the net to give the Condors what proved to be their only goal of the afternoon. For the next 10 minutes, both teams played long ball, sending lengthy passes down the sidelines and putting their speedy forwards in a footrace with the defense. Midway through the first period, El Rancho (8-2-4, 2-0-1) settled into its contrasting, ball-control style. After staving off another shot attempt on a free kick, the Dons evened the score in the 23rd minute. Behind midfielder Rigelio Nuno and forward Luis Segovia, the Condors kept the pressure on, managing 14 shots in regulation play and three more during the overtime. El Rancho’s defense, spearheaded by sweeper Miguel Gonzalez and midfielder Alex Ibarra in combination with Salvador Vega, kept California out of the goal. last_img

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