first_imgJunior forward Edgar Bran took a pass deep in Roadrunners territory and touched the ball back to a charging Jonathan Prieto. Prieto slid a crossing pass through the defense to an open Jacob Baron, who scored on a low shot past the goalkeeper. La Habra, behind solid midfield play paced by Pete Puga and Bryan Aanderud, dominated the first half. “I was surprised by how they played,” La Habra coach Stephen Aanderud said. “I thought they were more a possession team, but they played more to our strength.” La Habra out-shot Saddleback, 7-3, in the first half and nearly scored in the second minute of the game, but two shot attempts from inside the penalty area, the last off a bicycle kick by Bran, caromed off the crossbar. Francis, playing in his final high school game, credited the entire team with the victory. “We practiced hard and came together as a family,” he said. “We used our speed to our advantage and our height. Edger, of course (played well). Everyone stepped it up today. Our defense was solid, especially (goalkeeper) Kyle Fowler.” The Highlanders finished 28-5-1. Saddleback finished 17-8-4. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the 24th minute, the Highlanders capitalized on a penalty kick to take a 1-0 lead. A long pass from midfield sent senior forward Greg Francis to the far post. He sent a crossing pass to Bran inside the penalty area and in the ensuing scramble for control of the ball, a Saddleback defender tackled Bran. He converted the penalty kick with a low shot into the net. The gritty Roadrunners, who overcame major injuries during the season and played their way into the finals from a wild-card spot, evened the score in the final minute of the first half. Sophomore Jesus Salgado received a throw-in and sent the ball into the penalty area. Midfielder Edwin Aguilar collected the ball with his back to the goal, created space with a fake to the near post then wheeled in the opposite direction and hammered the ball into the net. center_img DOWNEY – La Habra High School captured its first boys CIF-Southern Section Division III soccer title on Saturday by defeating Saddleback 2-1 in the championship match played at Warren High. The score was tied 1-1 at the half when the Highlanders engineered the game-winning goal in the 47th minute. last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *