Varsity boys earn seed in CIF playoffs
February 26, 2014After a solid season in which the team accumulated twice as many wins as last year, the Valley Center varsity boys soccer team earned the No. 7 seed in the CIF Division IV playoffs.
The Jaguars beat Mission Vista and lost to Orange Glen in the final week of the season, but with an overall record of 7–9–3, they accomplished a major goal that they set out to achieve before the season.
Last Wednesday, the Jags hosted Mission Vista and took advantage of a first-half goal to hang on for a 1–0 win.
Valley Center put the pressure on the visiting Timberwolves early, and after a handful of quality chances were turned aside, the Jaguars finally got the breakthrough with just over 21 minutes on the clock.
On the play, Rod Rodriguez sent a long throw-in into the Mission Vista box, where Roberto Saldaña got his head to it and flicked it to the far post to give his team a 1–0 lead.
Both teams played hard for the next goal in the second half, and the physical nature of the game even led to a yellow card for Valley Center's central defender, Jason Blasius. But the team held strong on defense, as Gavin Marcon made every save he needed to make to seal the shutout win.
Cristobal Collazo works the ball up the field against Mission Vista.
"Our D-line played an excellent game," said head coach Dale Blasius. "Thomas Stehly, Jason Blasius, Julian Flores, Paul Schaner and subs Gaspar Juan and Kory Kratz shut down the Mission Vista attack, protecting keeper Gavin Marcon, who only ended up needing to make three saves in the entire game. Excellent play from the defense through midfield, and we kept the attack going, we were just not able to convert beyond the first goal."
In the regular season finale, the Jaguars played at rival Orange Glen and despite taking an early lead, they suffered a 3–1 loss.
Valley Center scored first, but the Patriots came back to score twice in the first half and once more in the second half to take the win.
The Jaguars advance to the CIF Division IV playoffs, where they played against No. 10 Classical Academy on Wednesday. The winner of that game advances to play at No. 2 seed Clairemont on Saturday at 5 p.m.