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holtville edges army-navy 2-1to advance to next round

February 21, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

HOLTVILLE — Holtville High's boys soccer team needed a wake-up call Wednesday afternoon en route to a 2-1 win over Army-Navy Academy of Carlsbad in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoffs.

"We dominated the first half," said Viking sophomore Luis Quiroga, who scored the winning goal. "I think we got a little over-confident."

Holtville (10-8) only led 1-0 at halftime but had more than eight solid shots on goal to the Warriors' one. When Quiroga scored early in the second half the Vikings seemed to relax.


"We play most of our games at night," Vikings coach Juan Arroyo said. "I think maybe the heat affected us just a little bit, even though we're from the Valley."

Holtville also figured it had the game won since it clearly dominated the Warriors to that point.

But late in the game Army-Navy scored a goal off a direct kick.

"That woke us up," Quiroga said. For the next few minutes the Vikings hammered away at the Warrior goal. Even though none of the shots went in, Holtville managed to keep its one-goal cushion.

"It's still a win," Arroyo said. With it, Holtville advances to Saturday's 2 p.m. contest at Santa Fe Christian High in Solana Beach. For the Vikings, that contest will be something of a grudge match.

"We lost to them in overtime last year," Arroyo said. "They are the No. 1 seed, but I think we can beat them this time." He noted he basically has the same team as last year, except for two players.

The unusually warm afternoon wasn't the only factor, Arroyo said. "I also think we were a little nervous."

Whatever the reason, the Vikings missed a number of golden scoring opportunities.

Quiroga looked as though he might score with a header early in the game. The Army-Navy goalie had come out of the net, leaving it wide open.

Quiroga headed an indirect kick, only to have a Warrior fullback kick the ball away at the last moment.

Quiroga was denied late in the game as well. Jose Arroyo took a hard shot on goal that ricocheted off the left upright.

Quiroga extended his left leg to try and get the carom, but he just missed.

"I guess it just wasn't my game," said Quiroga.

His one goal came off a cross from Franco Morales in the opening moments of the second half. Quiroga's shot bounced off the crossbar and down into the net.

Andrew Castillo scored Holtville's first goal midway through the first half, taking a pass from Adan Mejia before punching it into the net from the right side.

Mejia had his own scoring opportunity moments earlier when his shot on goal sailed high over the crossbar. A few minutes later, Mejia missed another score with a shot that sailed wide of the left post. He spun 180 degrees before taking the wide open shot.

Castillo also had a near-goal late in the game. Jose Arroyo crossed the ball to Castillo, who headed the ball toward the net. The Army-Navy keeper leaped at the last moment to punch it over the top.

Saint Augustine 4, Brawley 1

SAN DIEGO — The Brawley Union High boys soccer team fell 4-1 Wednesday to host Saint Augustine High in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs.

The Wildcats end the season with an 8-11-3 record.

Calexico 3, Castle Park 1

CHULA VISTA — Calexico High's boys soccer team opened CIF San Diego Section Division II playoff action Wednesday with a 3-1 win over host Castle Park High here.

Marco Rodriguez, Cecilio Rodriguez and Danny Coronado each scored a goal for the Bulldogs.

Calexico travels to Escondido on Saturday to face the No. 1 seed San Pasqual. Game time is to be announced.

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