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Prep Boys Soccer: Silverado clinches DSL championship again
Hawks fend off Jackrabbits for second straight league title
VICTORVILLE • James Gleason is no fan of ties.
The Silverado boys soccer coach won’t have to settle for one this year.
The Hawks came from behind to claim the Desert Sky League title with a 2-1 win against Victor Valley at home Wednesday afternoon.
“Now we obviously must gear up, make adjustments and get ready for the playoffs,” Gleason said. “Any time you win a championship, especially for your seniors, it is a nice feeling and on your home field especially.”
The Hawks needed a win or tie in order to claim the outright league title. Had Victor Valley won, the Jackrabbits would have tied Silverado atop the standings and earned the league’s top playoff spot with a tiebreaker.
After beating Barstow on Monday, Gleason expressed his disdain for ties and the DSL points system which awards two points for a win and one for a tie, stating that it rewarded mediocrity.
Mediocre is something the Hawks certainly aren’t after grabbing at least a share of their second straight league title. They shared the title with Granite Hills and took the No. 1 seed in the DSL a year ago.
Silverado and Granite Hills were knotted 1-1 at halftime. Silverado finally broke the tie in the 43rd minute on a goal by Joe Moreno off an assist from Ariel Correa.
Silverado (13-4-3, 10-2 DSL) spotted Victor Valley (13-3-4, 7-3-2 DSL) a one-goal lead in the 19th minute of the first half on an unassisted goal by Victor Palafox. Palafox intercepted a clearing pass by Hawk defenders in the goal box and headed the ball past Hawks goalie Eduardo Solis.
“It was a tough loss and the boys gave it their all,” Victor Valley coach Bryan Musslewhite said. “When you get a 1-0 lead and you don’t continue the pressure and score more and you allow two goals to be scored against you, it doesn’t help.”
Instead of grabbing the championship, the Jackrabbits fall to third place in the DSL standings behind Silverado and Granite Hills.
“It makes a difference in the playoffs when you have to face a first-place team rather than a third-place finisher, (which) we’ll now have to do.” Musslewhite said.
The Hawks tied up the match five minutes later after Palafox scored on a goal by Omar Solario with an assist from Bivaldo Barrera.
In the wild second half, Silverado limited Victor Valley to five shots on goal while the Hawks took 19 shots.
The second half also became a physical affair. Silverado lost captain Silvano Gonzalez to a red card and Victor Valley’s Christian Gomez collected his second yellow card of the game and was forced to leave. Both players will miss the opening game of the playoffs.
“It was a more difficult game then I hoped it would be,” Gleason said. “Obviously anytime you come out on top you can expect that. I am disappointed that we had to lose a player that obviously is going to affect our game in the playoff run because he’ll have to sit.”
Solis was credited with four saves in the game while Victor Valley netminder Brandon Palafox was very busy with 14 saves, including 11 second-half stops.