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Aztecs soccer takes on Hawks
Boys fall to Silverado; girls tie
BARSTOW • The Barstow boys soccer team was on a three-game winning streak going into Thursday’s match. It would be a task to keep that streak going, however, as the Aztecs had to take on Silverado, which is currently slugging it out with Granite Hills for first place in the Desert Sky League.
The Hawks came out swinging and showed why they’re contending for a title. Silverado scored three times in the game’s first 20 minutes and went on to a 4-1 victory, at Barstow High School.
While the match snapped a winning streak, Aztecs head coach Terri Peralta is seeing encouraging signs from her team. A group that lost its first five games of the season was able to regroup at this point to put together that three-game run, beating Burroughs, Victor Valley and Adelanto.
“For us, we have to try to play through and try to put things together,” said the coach. “We handled them well in the second half, got a goal and defended well. We have to play that way the whole game.”
Just five minutes into the first half, Joe Moreno scored for the Hawks, and he struck again five minutes later. Anthony Moreno got the next two tallies, one off a penalty kick after a trip in the box was called against Barstow.
Barstow had a few chances during this time. Isaias Sandoval took the Aztecs’ first shot on goal, which was saved by Hawks keeper Bryant Aguayo. Rafael Rodriguez and Victor Alvarado also had their offerings caught, and Alex Alvarado shot high.
The home team was able to keep the Hawks off the board in the second half, while getting off a few more shots. The Aztecs avoided the shutout by scoring at the 27-minute mark. Sandoval took a kick, with the ball bouncing around in front of the net a bit until Samuel Winston got a foot on it and kicked it over the line.
Barstow outshot Silverado, 18-9. Aguayo had 15 saves, and the Aztecs’ Kevin Cosio, four.
The Aztecs played a much better second half than first, something coach Peralta wants her players to work on.
“We have to start with the intensity we end with. We’re still progressing, but we’ve come a long way,” she said. “This is a good bunch of guys who work hard for each other. We had some great opportunities today, but we have to finish. We’re taking shots, but we have to put the ball in the net. We made some good adjustments, but have to finish; in the end, whoever finishes is who will win.”
The win leaves Silverado in basically a dead heat with Granite, with records of 10-2-1, 7-1-1. Barstow is at 4-8-1, 4-4-1.
The Aztecs will have another strong opponent for their next match, hosting the Cougars on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Barstow 1, Silverado 1
VICTORVILLE • The Lady Aztecs notched their fourth tie of the season, knotting Silverado, 1-1, on Thursday.
Both goals came early. The Lady Hawks scored at just eight minutes in, but the lead didn’t last long. Barstow answered almost immediately, as Anna Alvarado scored off an assist from Nayeli Zapata.
“They scored first, but we came right back two minutes later,” said Lady Aztecs head coach Frank Maldonado. “It was a very physical game. Our defense played well, only allowing one goal.”
Barstow took seven shots, to Silverado’s five. Lady Aztecs keeper Yessica Morales had five saves.
The loss puts Barstow (9-5-4, 6-1-2) in second place in the Desert Sky League by one point. The next match is a crucial one, as the Lady Aztecs will face Granite Hills, with whom they’re fighting it out for a league title. Barstow will take on the Lady Cougars on the road on Tuesday.