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Sunny Hills extends league shutout streak
FULLERTON – Every season, Sunny Hills boys soccer coach Mike Schade puts an acronym somewhere on the Lancers’ uniforms.
For their Freeway League game against rival Sonora, there was a big NGA decal on the bottom of Sunny Hills’ shorts.
It could have stood for “No Goals Allowed.”
Defense is a big reason why the Lancers have become the No. 1 team in the CIF-SS Division poll.
And even though visiting Sonora played with three forwards for most of Wednesday’s game, the Lancers didn’t allow Sonora to put one shot on goal, posting their 10th shutout of the season in beating the Raiders, 3-0.
All four of the Freeway League teams that No. 4 Lancers (14-1-0, 4-0) have faced so far this season – Fullerton, La Habra, Buena Park and No. 10 Sonora (8-1-8, 1-1-2) – have been held scoreless.
“This was a big game for us. I was up all night, trying to figure out how we were going to keep up with them,” Schade said.
The Raiders, the seventh-ranked team in Division 2, are a bigger more physical team than the Lacners, so after the two teams met during summer league, Schade took his team into the weight room to get ready for when Sunny Hills had to play Sonora when it counted.
The Raiders only got inside the box once during the game. It came after a free kick in the 35th minute. But all three times that they tried to get off a shot, a Sunny Hills defender got in the way.
But this season, the Lancers are winning with more than just defense. In the past, the Lancers struggled scoring goals as they looked for a game-changed forward.
But they might have finally found one as Gerardo Arias assisted on all three of the Lancers’ second-half goals. So far in Freeway League play, he has three goals and five assists.
“Hopefully, we don’t have any let downs and we keep training hard,” Schade said. “Our goal is to just get better every day.”
Hernan Sotelo scored twice for the Lancers, giving him three goals in his last two games.
He gave the Lacners a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute after Arias split two defenders with his pass into the box. He made it a two-goal advantage for the Lancers in the 73rd minute after his shot slowly rolled inside the far post.
Ramon Serrano set the final margin two minutes later, heading in an Arias corner.
It could have been much worse for the Raiders had it not been for their goal keeper, Luis Gonzalez. Twice in the first half, he came up with diving saves. None was better than the one he made 10th minute after Arias took aim at the goal. Gonzlez stretched out as far as he could toward the right post to grab the shot.
In other boys soccer:
In the Trinity League:
No. 3 Santa Margarita 2, St. John Bosco of Bellflower 0: Sean Goode scored two goals for the visiting Eagles (14-3-2, 3-0-1)
No. 6 JSerra 4, Orange Lutheran 1: Andres Mendoza finished with two assists for the host Lions (11-2-3, 3-1-1).
In the South Coast League
No. 2 San Clemente 2, Mission Viejo 1: Blayne Martinez scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season to lead the visiting Tritons (20-2-1, 3-0).
In the Orange League
Katella 2, No. 9 Anaheim 1: Jose Tronsoso and Francsico Vasquez both scored for the host Knights (4-6-2, 0-2-1).