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Prep Boys Soccer: Hawks in control of DSL
Silverado routs Granite Hills to take sole possession of first
APPLE VALLEY • The Silverado boys soccer team didn’t clinch its second straight Desert Sky League championship on Friday afternoon.
But the Hawks did make sure that they control their own destiny.
Omar Solario scored twice in his first varsity start and Silverado routed rival Granite Hills 4-1 in a rain-soaked affair to take sole possession of first place in the DSL.
“For a lot of these guys that are seniors this is the last time they’ll play Granite, so they wanted to make sure and go out and make a statement of what we’re capable of,” Silverado coach James Gleason said.
The Hawks (11-4-2, 7-2 DSL) and Cougars (13-5-1, 6-3 DSL) entered the game tied for first in the league and had split their first two meetings, both of which were decided by one goal.
Despite that, Granite Hills was ranked third in Division 5 while Silverado was unranked.
“We felt we were kind of slighted early on in the rankings,” Gleason said. “We figured we had to come out and make some things happen.”
The Hawks came out fast, scoring twice in the first 25 minutes and taking a 3-1 lead at the half.
Christian Covarrubias opened the scoring with a goal in the 10th minute. Solario, who was on the junior varsity team last week and had only come off the bench in his limited varsity experience, got the start at striker and scored in the 25th and 28th minutes.
“It was crazy,” he said. “Last night when they told me I was going to be a starting varsity forward I was really nervous. I usually come in from the bench as a midfield, and they told me striker and I was like ‘oof,’ I got to go in hard tomorrow.”
Ariel Correa scored the only goal of the second half when he got behind a pair of Cougars defenders, received a long pass and found the back of the net seconds before the final whistle.
Granite Hills’ only goal of the game was one it didn’t even score. Silverado’s Daniel Lopez accidentally deflected a Cougars pass into the wrong net for an own goal in the 26th minute.
Cougars coach Paul Casarez said bad officiating was the primary reason for the result, and pulled no punches in his assessment of the game officials.
“The refereeing was the worst,” he said. “Two penalty kicks (we should’ve had) and a ball over the line not called — that’s three goals. The referees need to be good. They can’t come to a first-place match and referee like this.”
If Silverado wins out, it will win the league title. Granite Hills is all alone in second place but is only one point ahead of third-place Victor Valley. With the race still so tight, both coaches acknowledge that nothing is set in stone at this point.
“It’s got to be like a brand new season,” Gleason said. “We want to go undefeated (over the final three games) and if we do that we’re league champs by ourselves. The seniors don’t want to go out with a chance to win league and not win it.”
Said Casarez: “I know it’s disappointing, but starting on Monday it’s about winning the rest of our games and getting momentum for playoffs and make a run (to the semifinals) like we did last year.”
Kyle Glaser can be reached at email@example.com or at (760) 951-6274.