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Eagles take third in tourney

December 09, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

The Southwest High girls' soccer team wrapped up the fourth annual Southwest High School Girls Soccer Tournament by defeating Brawley 3-1 at home yesterday.

The victory was good for third place in pool A of the competition.

"I'm happy with them and their effort and everything," said Southwest head coach Sal Acevedo said of his team. "They don't give up. They play all the way through."

The Eagles dominated most of the game against the Wildcats. Midfielder Carmen Fierro got the scoring started for Southwest with a goal midway through the first half.

Diana Lopez added another score for the Eagles, giving Southwest a 2-0 lead heading into half-time.

Brawley opened the second half with a lot of energy, scoring a goal off a Marissa Vasquez kick to pull to 2-1.


That would be all the Wildcats could muster as Southwest returned to dominating the game. The Eagles Donna Madrigal found the back of the net for the game's final goal.

"I'm really surprised because this is the first time that they've played together," said Brawley assistant coach Angelica Ramos of her team. "This is a combination of varsity and JV. I'm really proud of them. I'm surprised with the way they played."

Southwest finished the tournament 2-2, beating Holtville 7-0 in addition to the conquest of Brawley, but fell both to Indio and Cibola of Yuma 1-0.

"They did well," Acevedo said of his squad. "They did very well. I think they could have done better, though. Yesterday was not their day. Today they played very well.

"They were not concentrating," Acevedo said regarding the Eagles' loss to Indio. "They had an easy game with Holtville. Then they got overanxious."

Brawley finished 1-3 in the tournament, beating Holtville 3-2 and losing to Indio 1-0 and Cibola 6-2.

Brawley played most of the tourney without its head coach, Jose Flores, who was red carded in the first game against Indio and was not allowed to coach for the rest of the tournament.

"I've been coaching for years so it wasn't too hard," Ramos said of stepping in for Flores.

Holtville had a performance in pool A to forget, going 0-4.

The Vikings fell to Cibola 10-0 and Indio 4-2. Cibola won pool A with a 3-2 victory over Indio.

In pool B action, it was Central and Calexico battling for Valley bragging rights. The Bulldogs can do all of the talking between these two rivals until Imperial Valley league play starts up after downing the Spartans 2-1 on Saturday.

La Quinta cruised through pool B, not losing any games.

The Valley team's performances overall were impressive since there is no off-season soccer program to keep the girls sharp, something the schools from other areas enjoy.

"They have girls clubs," Acevedo said. "We don't have anything here for them These girls you have to work a lot with on the kicking, and the other girls already have that advantage over them. Other than that they'll be OK."

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