Tigers chew up Frogs on way to 20-goal win

January 16, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

IMPERIAL — It was a mismatch from the start.

Imperial High's boys soccer team scored at will Tuesday in overwhelming Guajome Park High of Vista 20-0.

"It was like a one-legged man in a (butt)-kicking contest," Tigers' coach Wolfgang Horner said.

Horner did all he could to keep down the score. He took out his regular goalie and used two scoring threats in the cage in the second half. He moved his fullbacks up front to play offense and moved his forwards back to play defense.

"I even benched three offensive starters," Horner said.

The one good thing was some of the reserves got ample playing time.

"Sometimes they don't get in a game," Horner said.

Paul Rivas, who finished the game in goal for Imperial, led the Tigers with four goals. David Adams, Aurelio Alonso and Anthony Guardado all scored three, Ernesto Vargas tallied two, and Freddy Delgado, Christian Miramontes, Matt Mitchell, Luis Moreno and Francisco Velásquez all added one.


The Guajome Frogs field a young program, Horner said.

"They're just getting started," he said, adding Guajome has some good kids who have excellent attitudes. "They are going to improve."

Right now they are struggling.

Imperial scored two minutes into the game and added a second goal less than two minutes later. By halftime the Tigers boasted a 9-0 lead.

Adams scored a hat trick late in the first half. On his first goal, he burned a path on the ground with a hot roller. His second goal seemed to slice right through the goalie's hands, while the third one came off a header, following a corner kick from Rivas.

Some of Imperial's goals seemed effortless. Several times a Tiger forward outraced a Guajome defender to the ball and went one-on-one with the keeper.

Other times Tiger booters took a goal kick and hammered it right back up the middle.

Imperial also played unselfish ball. Alonso passed up a sure shot on goal right in front of the cage to pass the ball to Velásquez.

Right after he scored his game-high fourth goal, Rivas volunteered to drop back and play goalie, allowing another teammate the chance to shine on offense.

Mitchell, the Tigers' sweeper, asked to play defense after he scored a goal.

Imperial's starting goalie, Delgado, even scored a goal when he played midfield in the second half.

"It was a good team effort," Horner noted.

Imperial (3-3-1 overall, 2-0 Desert Mountain League) travels to Julian for a 3:15 p.m. contest Friday.

Girls soccer

Central 2, Holtville 0

HOLTVILLE — Ana Nava scored both goals for Central Union High's girls soccer team in its win Tuesday over Holtville Tuesday.

Spartan goalie Clarissa Maldonado picked up another shutout.

Central (3-0-1 Imperial Valley League) hosts Brawley Union High at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Holtville (0-4) hosts Palo Verde High at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Palo Verde 1, Southwest 0

Southwest High's girls soccer team fell 1-0 to visiting Palo Verde High in Imperial Valley League action in El Centro on Tuesday.

"We had some good shots," Southwest coach Gilbert Flores said. "We just couldn't connect."

Eagles getting off near misses included Donna Madrigal, Rosa Saldaña and Diana Lopez. Flores also praised the play of Shannon Whitman on defense.

Southwest (6-3 overall, 2-1 IVL) travels to Calexico for a 6:30 p.m. Friday game.

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