YOU ARE HERE: IVPress HomeCollections

Soccer: Spartan girls take IVL title with win

February 16, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The Central Union High girls varsity soccer squad was crowned Imperial Valley League champion after defeating Holtville High 4-1 Thursday.

The Spartans finished with a 7-1-1 IVL record, 10-10-2 overall, while the Vikings finished with a 3-7 IVL record, 5-7 overall.

The match started with both squads playing aggressive soccer and using a long ball scheme to fast forwards.

Diana Estrada and Rubi Hernandez, Holtville's forwards, and Ana Nava and Jennifer Ramirez, Central's forwards, played aggressively and all had scoring opportunities although both teams defended well in the first half.

The first goal came in the 31st minute of the first half when a Holtville midfielder centered the ball from outside the goalkeeper box.


A Central defender tried to head the ball out but popped it straight up in the air. Alma Garcia capitalized when she waited for the ball to come down and pushed the ball past Central's goalkeeper.

Central nearly answered on a corner kick when Stormie Morton was left unmarked and attempted to head the ball into a wide-open goal. The ball was too high and Morton could not head it in.

The half ended with the Vikings up 1-0.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were as evenly matched as the first half but Holtville seemed to slow thereafter. Central, on the other hand, picked up its attack and created more scoring opportunities.

Central's Vanessa Long starting controlling the middle by making penetrating passes to Nava and Ramirez.

Central tied the game in the 15th minute of the second half when Long got the ball from a teammate on a corner. Long took the ball down the end-line toward the goal box and shot. The ball rolled across the goal line inches from the goal, traveled across the goal, hit the second post and ricocheted into the net.

Central started taking control of the game and kept Holtville pinned in its half of the field.

Holtville did not fold despite Central's constant pressure. The Vikings had some scoring opportunities but could not capitalize.

Regular time ended in a 1-1 tie. The game headed into overtime, in which teams play two 10-minute halves.

Central was awarded a penalty kick in the third minute of the first half of overtime.

Nava had a shot at goal but the ball hit the hand of a Holtville defender. The referee awarded Central a penalty kick, which Morton converted.

Central coach Nabil Noujaim protested when the referees would not allow him to substitute for one of his players on a corner kick. Noujaim waived his rule book at the referees. The rule book does state a substitution can be made on a corner kick.

Central scored its third goal in the last minute of the first half of overtime when Nava beat a defender and shot from the left side of the goal to the right. The Holtville goalkeeper got a hand on the ball but not enough to deflect it out of the goal.

In the fifth minute of the second half of overtime Central was awarded another penalty kick.

This time it was Long who shot, scoring her second goal of the night. The ball was shot straight into the left side of the goal, leaving the Viking goalkeeper with no chance at stopping it.

Central dominated for the rest of the half and while Holtville kept fighting, it could not get back in the game.

At the end of the game Noujaim was doused with ice water by his players.

"In the first half we were really flat," said Noujaim.

"I didn't want to share the championship with anybody, so we had to win," he added.

"In the second half we played better. I think the success of the game came because of the discipline and fitness by the girls. I am very proud of all of them," he said.

He said Central will focus on the CIF playoffs next week.

Holtville head coach David Avila said, "It was an exciting game for us and a very emotional one."

It was evident it was an emotional game for Holtville as some of it players left the field in tears and others tried to hold back their emotions.

Southwest 1, Brawley 0

Carmen Fierro scored in the second half to lead Southwest past Brawley 1-0 in both team's season finales here Thursday.

The Eagles finish the season 9-10-1.

Boys action

Calexico 10, Palo Verde 0

BLYTHE — The Calexico High boys soccer team wrapped up sole possession of the Imperial Valley League title in a huge way, demolishing Palo Verde 10-0 here Thursday.

Leading the offensive barrage were Javier Fregoso with five goals and Alfredo Armenta with two. Eddie Barron, Nicolas Armenta and Antonio Cruz all scored goals for the Bulldogs (8-1-1 IVL).

Calexico will find out its postseason fate Saturday.

Brawley 2, Southwest 1

BRAWLEY — Noe Lopez and Juan Ruiz both scored second-half goals to lead the Brawley Union High boys soccer team past Southwest High in both team's IVL season finale here Thursday.

Said Brawley coach Frank Felix: "I was very pleased with our team's effort. They played with heart, determination and intensity."

The Wildcats (7-2-1 IVL) will play next week in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section playoffs.

Central 2, Holtville 1

The Central Union High boys soccer team finished the IVL season with a 2-1 win over Holtville High in El Centro on Thursday.

Scoring for the Spartans were Francisco Espinoza and David Lopez.

Central (5-4-1 IVL) will lobby for a playoff berth Saturday.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles