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No stopping Pineda or Century
SANTA ANA – Century boys soccer coach Bruce Silverman never gave up hope, not even when his team was trailing visiting Oxnard by two goals 10 minutes into the second half.
The Centurions have a knack for staying composed in even the most pressure-packed situations. They don't panic, Silverman said.
Why should they? They have one of the hottest goal-scoring forwards of the postseason, Ronaldo Pineda.
Pineda scored four goals and turned a two-goal deficit into a 4-2 victory in a furious 24-minute span during the second half of Friday's CIF-SS Division 3 quaterfinal match.
The Centurions will play host to top-seeded El Rancho of Pico Rivera in Tuesday's semifinals. The Dons have outscored their opponents, 16-1, in the playoffs.
Pineda scored five goals in two games this week, and he has seven in the Centurions' three playoff games. He has 24 goals this season, which eclipses the previous single-season school record of 21, which was shared by Xavier Perez and Christian Alvear.
"He has got his great shot, and he has the ability to hold the ball, and he is hard to get away from," Silverman said. "He has a quick turn. Putting him up top has made a huge difference for us."
Pineda started out the season playing midfield, but when goal scoring became a problem early in the season, Silverman changed the junior's position.
"I thought, 'if this is going to be our last game, I might as well give it my all,'" Pineda said.
In the 54th minute, Pineda's cousin, Amirgy Pineda, sent a corner kick into the box, which Amaral flicked back to Ronaldo Pineda, who then headed it into the goal.
In the 62nd minute, Daniel Sanchez sent a cross to the far post, which Pineda headed in again to tie the score, 2-2.
Two minutes later, Pineda knocked in the winner, dribbling around one defender in the box and lining a shot inside the far post. He set the final margin by heading in a cross in the 78th minute.
"If you keep your head cool, you will get the goals," Pineda said.
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