El Centro's rival high schools faced off in soccer Friday in a much- awaited battle at Central's Cal Jones Field that lived up to the hype.
Central Union High School (5-3-2 overall) and Southwest High (7-6) both kicked off their Imperial Valley League seasons with Central shutting out Southwest 3-0.
Central started dominating the game early, had several scoring opportunities in the first half and capitalized with two goals.
Central's Raul Cazares helped create the first goal with a shot from outside the box that Eagle goalkeeper Francisco Flores deflected out of bounds, setting up a corner kick. Alberto Martinez headed the ball into the goal off the corner kick with 22 minutes left in the half.
One minute later, Cazares scored his first of two goals when he again shot from outside the box, this time beating Flores.