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Prep Boys Soccer Playoffs: Silverado has reversal of fortune
Hawks beat Desert Mirage to reach quarterfinals
VICTORVILLE • Ariel Correa blames himself for Silverado’s surprising loss at home in the second round of last year’s playoffs.
The Hawks midfielder had an open net on a breakaway, but his shot sailed over the crossbar. The miss turned out to be crucial as unranked Pioneer Valley beat the second-seeded Hawks 1-0.
Motivated by that disappointment, Correa made sure his team’s fate would be different this year.
Correa scored twice in the first half to lead Silverado to a 2-1 victory over Desert Mirage and send the fourth-ranked Hawks to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
“Last year I kind of choked and this year I made up for it,” he said. “Everyone played really well. We wanted to put them down early.”
Correa scored his first goal only 55 seconds into the game when he took a pass from Silvano Gonzalez and fired a left-footed shot from 25 yards out into the net.
He found the back of the net again in the 28th minute when he settled a bouncing ball in the left side of the box and found the lower right corner of the net. Anthony Jimenez assisted on the play.
“I didn’t emphasize (last year) because it’s one of those it’s-in-the-past kind of things,” Silverado coach James Gleason said. “But I think the returners who were a part of that thought about it.”
With 20-plus mph winds at their backs, the Hawks completely dominated the first half and could’ve scored more. They hit the post once and missed the net by mere inches several other times.
But after the teams switched sides at halftime, the Rams began to assert themselves. Julian Morales got Desert Mirage on the board when he scored on a free kick from about 20 yards out on the left side in the 47th minute.
“It’s really difficult to play in the wind when you’re not used to it,” Rams coach Jorge Chavez said. “They scored in the first half but not the second half, and we scored in the second and not the first. That shows you how much the wind helped.”
The Rams continued to push and control the possession, but the Hawks’ defense and goalkeeper Pepe Macias didn’t allow them to get the equalizer.
Macias made eight saves, including six in the second half. Silverado outshot Desert Mirage 12-9 in the contest.
“We just didn’t want to lose,” Correa said. “We kept motivated and pushed through.”
The fourth-seeded Hawks will travel to either Monrovia or No. 6 Crossroads for the quarterfinals on Friday.
Kyle Glaser can be reached at email@example.com or at (760) 951-6274.