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Bulldogs take first-round win

February 21, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Calexico High boys soccer team beat Escondido High here 2-1 in the first round of the San Diego Section Division II playoffs Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, after winning the Imperial Valley League championship last week, hosted Escondido in a match that saw few scoring opportunities.

The first half ended with no goals as both teams fought hard in the midfield for the ball.

In the second half mistakes cost Escondido two goals.

The first goal came in the 10th minute when the Bulldogs had a breakaway opportunity. It was a two-on-one situation with Calexico's Antonio Cruz and Fernando Mora against Escondido's Eric McClain.

Cruz had the ball on the right side of the field when he passed it to Mora on the left side after McClain pressured him.

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Escondido goalkeeper Gustavo Rodriguez came off his line to cut off the angle. Mora shot as Rodriguez was charging.

The ball was rolling into the goal when McClain tried to control it but instead the ball became entangled in his legs, then passed through his legs into the goal.

The second goal for Calexico came 10 minutes later when the Escondido defense was rushing out of the penalty box after it had punted the ball forward.

A Calexico player headed the ball back toward the Escondido goal and it landed at Cruz's feet leaving, him alone against Rodriguez.

Cruz beat the goalkeeper to give Calexico a 2-0 lead.

In the 30th minute of the second half Noe Luna of Escondido received a second yellow card and was sent off the field.

Luna was slide-tackled by a Calexico player but referee Jesus Sanchez thought Luna caused the foul and carded him. Escondido's side protested heavily.

In the last minute of the game Calexico's Omar Retana also received a second yellow card and was sent off after he was apparently taunting an Escondido player by staring at him.

Escondido would score its only goal in the fifth minute of injury time when Andrew Peters pushed the ball in off a free kick taken from the right side of Calexico's penalty box. Escondido's Edwin Juarez had centered the ball close to the goal and Calexico goalkeeper Jose Garcia could not clear it and Peters simply pushed the ball in.

Pascual Gonzalez, Calexico's head coach, said, "We just wanted to simply win the game."

Dominick Lane, Escondido's head coach, said, "I thought they played well and they are a good team. I wasn't happy with my team's effort."

Calexico will travel Friday to San Pascual High in Escondido for the second round of the CIF playoffs.

Holtville 1,

Francis Parker 0 OT

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High School boys soccer team advanced to the second round of the CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoffs with a 1-0 overtime win over Francis Parker here Tuesday.

The Vikings will play at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach.

Imperial 1, Lincoln 0

IMPERIAL — Because it had 10 ineligible players on its boys soccer team, Lincoln Academy's boys soccer team forfeited to Imperial High 1-0 in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoffs.

The Tigers play at 5 p.m. Friday at Marian Catholic in San Diego.

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

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