AZUSA – The Sierra Vista girls’ soccer team showed why it is the five-time Montview League champions as they easily dispatched the hosts Gladstone Gladiators 7-0 Tuesday afternoon in a league match. In addition to being undefeated in league play so far, the Dons have yet to concede a goal in league as well.
Dons’ head coach Steven Jimenez attribute the success of his team to the fact that the players play year around. Jimenez, who also coaches a club team during off season which include a couple of the players on the Don’s team, said that he asks that all his girls play for a club in the offseason which gives them the advantage over teams who doesn’t have players who play year-around
“We get to mold the players and teach them how we want them to play,” he said. “The basic fundamentals, the offensive philosophy, defensive philosophy, things like that.”
Against Gladstone, the Dons scored five times in the first half, including a hat trick by Jessica Lopez to take a commanding 5-0 lead going into halftime.
The scoring barrage is nothing new for Sierra Vista, as they have been averaging 6.8 goals per game in their victories, including scores in double-digits in three of the past four league matches.
Lopez and company took advantage of being in the attacking zone the entire first half and broke through for her first goal of the game at the 15th minute mark. She would then score two more times within two minutes of each other to close out the half.
Daisy Ruiz and Alejandra Vargas each scored a goal to round out the first half scoring. Vargas added two more goals in the second half to complete a hat trick of her own.
Because of the nature of its wins, Jimenez is able to play everybody every game.
“I don’t like to run up the score. I will pull my starters out after about 25 minutes into the match to let the younger players get some experience,” he said. “What better way to gain experience but to actually get into the game.”
Sierra Vista (14-2-1, 9-0) hosts La Puente (0-6-2, 0-3-2) Thursday afternoon. The dons shut out the Warriors 9-0 in their first meeting. Kickoff is at 3:15
SIERRA VISTA BOYS SOCCER CONTINUES THE WINNING TREND
Michael Flores and Mario Saenz each scored two goals apiece as the Sierra Vista boys soccer side also tallied a 4-2 victory over Gladstone Tuesday afternoon in a Montview League match .
Alexander Piecino tallied two assists, while Albert Cuevas and Guillermo Sanchez each notched an assist apiece.
Sierra Vista improves to (13-1-3, 8-1) and will travel to La Puente (1-11-1, 0-8-1) Thursday afternoon for a league matchup. Kickoff is at 3:15pm