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VC boys soccer team gets a tie and a win to start new season


December 12, 2013
Behind a great defense and a strong attack, the Valley Center High School (VCHS) varsity boys soccer team has gotten the season off to a great start with a tie and a win in the first two games.

The Jaguars hosted San Marcos last Wednesday in a preseason contest that ended in a 1–1 tie, but gave the Jags a lot of reasons to be excited about the rest of the year.

Valley Center got on the board first on a great hustle goal by freshman Anthony Ruiz, who tracked down a loose ball after a VC corner kick and put the ball in the back of the net. Senior Isaias Ramirez got the assist for the Jags on the goal.

The only goal given up by Valley Center so far this season came in unorthodox fashion early in the second half, as senior goalkeeper Gavin Marcon came just a little too far out away from his net to clear the ball on a San Marcos run. Marcon got the ball away, but the Knights quickly corralled it and sent a long, looping shot toward the net. Marcon raced back to try to keep the ball out of his net, but the shot sailed just over his fingertips and under the crossbar for the goal.

After the scrimmage, new head coach Dale Blasius spoke with excitement about where his team will head.

"We've had so many great players and great coaches here at VCHS," he said. "But even though we lost eleven seniors, we're not looking back at last year, we're looking forward to this year with the outstanding players we have on this team. They play tough, they pick each other up, they even pick up the guys on the other team when they get knocked down, there's no dirty play or anything like that. We're an attacking team, and we want to go. I'm excited; it's fun to work with players who understand the techniques and tactics of the game."

That attacking mentality helped the Jaguars notch their first win of the season, as they hosted El Capitan on Friday and came away with a 4–0 win.

Ruiz was the star of the game, as he scored a hat trick on four shots to lead his team to the win. Sophomore Austin Reser also added a goal, while Rod Rodriguez had two assists and both Paul Schaner and Jason Blasius had an assist. Marcon made three saves in goal to get his first shutout of the season.

With a win under their belt, the Jaguars play again on Thursday, as they host Elsinore at 5:15 p.m. After that, the Jags play at El Camino on Dec. 19.

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