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Prep Boys Soccer: Bad start finishes Hawks
Silverado allows five goals in first half in semifinals
VICTORVILLE • The Silverado boys soccer team looked like it was on the way to being eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 semifinals in a blowout after the first half against Saddleback on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hawks found themselves trailing by two goals just five minutes into the game and trailed by five later in the first half.
Silverado fought back and nearly turned the blowout into a comeback win, but ultimately fell 5-4 in its first appearance in a divisional semifinal since 2009.
The Hawks (17-5-3) were plagued by mistakes in the first half. Saddleback’s five goals were the most Silverado had given up this season. The previous high was four in a loss to San Gorgonio.
“If you score four goals, you should win,” Silverado coach James Gleason said. “If you score five goals, you should win. I’m not going to take anything away from them scoring five goals, but that was our worst first half that we had all season long. You don’t get to the semis playing like that. We just made errors and mental mistakes. I think honestly it was the gravity of the game.”
Saddleback, the Orange Coast League’s second-place team, moves on to play San Jacinto — which beat OCL champion Godinez on Tuesday — in the championship game. It’s the Roadrunners’ first championship appearance since 2005.
During injury time in the first half, Bryan Galindo scored to make it 4-0, and shortly after the next kickoff, Saddleback was awarded a direct free kick. Gary Carbajal sent it from just beyond midfield above Silverado goalkeeper Pepe Macias to make it 5-0. Gleason argued that it should have been an indirect free kick to no avail.
“We should have never put ourselves in that position,” Gleason said. “We didn’t get to the semifinals by making silly mistakes, and the worst part is we let them compound. We had been really good at correcting our mistakes, because we had come back a handful of times this season, but we never buried ourselves like that.”
Silverado’s Silvano Gonzalez found the back of the net right before the end of the half to put the Hawks on the scoreboard for the first time.
“You know what, you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I didn’t want to see that goal,” Saddleback coach Mel Silva said. “I just had that little hunch that we were going to need that little more of room. For some reason, I just said that wasn’t good. ... It gave them a little fighting spirit back.”
The Hawks talked about putting together a better performance at intermission.
“We just said, ‘Don’t give up. They can score five goals on us, we can score five goals on them the same way,’ ” Silverado junior Danny Garcia said.
The message seemed to resonate.
Silverado started chipping away at Saddleback’s lead in the second half. Joe Moreno scored within the first 10 minutes to make it 5-2. Then Garcia scored from in front of the goal and finally Gonzalez made it a one-goal game with less than 10 minutes to play. But the Hawks got no closer.
“We never gave up,” Moreno said. “We had six months working to get to the finals, and we didn’t want to give up easily. We were really close.”
Silverado won the Desert Sky League title this year after tying for first the year before. The Hawks will return 11 players next season, but they graduate Gonzalez and Ariel Correa, who were two of their top three scorers.
C.J. Daft can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (760) 951-6275.