Santa Ana Valley upsets nationally ranked Century


SANTA ANA – Making a mistake once during a boys soccer game is understandable. But watching his team do the same thing twice in a span of three minutes on Wednesday night left Century coach Bruce Silverman more than a little frustrated.

“You would have thought we would have learned our lesson the first time,” Silverman said.

Two times in the first half, Arturo Olivo was standing unmarked in front of the goal at Centennial Park, and both times he headed the ball in to help lead Santa Ana Valley to a 4-2 victory against No. 2 Century in the Orange League opener for both teams.

“I think our guys were ready. That is the way soccer is, though. Mistakes win more games than great plays,” Silverman said. “And those were two mistakes.”

The four goals are the most the Centurions (7-4-3, 0-1-0) have given up this season, but it’s an improvement from their performance on this field a year ago when the Falcons (8-4-2, 1-0-0) scored six goals.

Jose Montes de Oca was one of the Santa Ana Valley goal scorers that day, and he was the focus for Silverman and the Centurions on Wednesday.

Century did a good job containing the Falcons’ forward, but the Centurions couldn’t stop him as he knocked in a goal in the final minute of the game to set the final margin.

Jorge Herrera also scored for the Falcons in the second half when his high arcing shot sailed over the Centurions defenders and into the goal to give Valley a 3-2 lead in the 68th minute.

For Santa Ana Valley coach Jose Sanchez this was a breakthrough game of sorts for the Falcons. Not only did they beat a league rival and one of the top teams in the nation according to ESPN Rise, but they also made the most of every opportunity that they were given, which is something they don’t always do.

All four of the Falcons’ losses this season have been by one goal.

“We have struggled a little put the ball away. In the games that we have lost, we have had tons and tons of opportunities,” Santa Ana Valley coach Jose Sanchez said. “And there was frustration building up on the team because we were losing games that we shouldn’t have been. Hopefully this builds momentum for us.”

The Falcons had to come from behind to win this one as Century took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute after Danny Gonzalez volleyed a cross from Bruno Reyes into the far side of the goal.

Olivo then evened the score, 1-1, with his first header of the game in the 29th minute. Three minutes later he scored again to give Valley its first lead. He was standing alone at the far post when Carlos Munoz fired his corner kick into the box, and Olivo headed it in without the slightest challenge from the Centurions.

Century took a 2-2 tie into halftime after Amirgy Pineda’s 40-yard free kick bounced off the cross bar and then the turf before landing in the goal.

“It’s not like we got blown out. I think they feel like they could have easily won that game,” Silverman said. “Our goal was to have an undefeated league. Now, we will just have to settle for 9-1.”

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