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Fountain Valley, Ocean View fall in semifinals
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Fountain Valley and Ocean View both reached the semifinals of the Marina Tournament on Friday at Marina High.
Neither boys soccer team, however, made it to the championship game.
Both teams had the same problem in their semifinals - momentary lapses in finishing and focusing.
“But these are high school guys and that is what you are going to get from them,” Ocean View coach Sean Oberbeck said. “We have all of the ability, and we have all of the talent.”
The Seahawks played Redondo Union of Redondo Beach to a 1-1 tie and then fell on penalty kicks, 3-1. Fountain Valley lost to St. John Bosco of Bellflower, 2-0.
Josh Madrid gave the Barons (4-4-3) a couple of chances to make a game of it with the Braves. In the 20th minute, Marcelo Ratinoff served a ball to the top of the 6-yard box where Madrid got a head on it, flicking it toward the Braves’ goal, but Matt Aguilar was able to get a hand on it and make one of his three saves for St. John Bosco (11-3-3).
Then with 10 minutes to go, Madrid dribbled into the penalty area with two marks on him, took a shot from about 10 yards out, but it rolled a few inches wide.
The Braves did ball of their scoring in a two minute span. Jake Sarmiento found the goal on the final play of the first half, and then Aaron Zepeda set the final margin two minutes into the second half.
“We had a good tournament. We have improved every game. We competed. The difference was execution. We had a couple of good chances,” Fountain Valley coach Jason Smith said. “But we didn’t finish. Their chances, they finished. Other than a few little mistakes, this was a good game for us.”
Oberbeck felt much the same, saying “This was big for us … a huge improvement for our guys.”
The Seahawks (4-5-3) tied the score, 1-1, in the 61st minute when Mike Solis redirected a pass from Carlos Valencia just inside the near post.
Griffin Thomas, though, stopped three consecutive Ocean View penalty kicks to help but Redondo in the championship match.
“It (penalty kicks) has happened to me a lot, and it is something that I practice a lot with my dad,” Thomas said. “A lot of it was a guessing game, but it is something that you learn playing the game growing up.”
What started out as a clutch save from Ocean View goalkeeper Alberto Herrera ended with the play that set up Redondo’s goal in the 42nd minute.
Herrera knocked away a point-blank shot with his cleats, but the ball went out for a corner kick. Colin Jackson sent the ball to the far post where Giovanni Partida was waiting to give Redondo a 1-0 lead. Partida felt like he needed to do something for his team because he’s the one who took the shot that Herrera turned away.
“This (making it to the championship) is huge because we have been working so hard,” Partida said. “And this is what we want, and it is starting to pay off.”