Century High goalie Edgar Espinoza stops a shot on goal by Los Alamitos forward Evan Bacani in a semi-final round game of the Aliso Cup Tournament in boys soccer Friday afternoon.
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Century rallies to tie Los Alamitos in Aliso Cup


SANTA ANA – Century’s boys soccer team is always among the best teams in the county, and last season’s lineup was among the best that the school has had, holding down first place in the top 10 coaches poll and advancing to the championship of the North Orange County Championships

Even though this season’s roster lacks the experience, Century coach Bruce Silverman said his Centurions have the potential to be better.

“This team doesn’t have the talent, but you can see how they play together,” Silverman said. “They buy into a game plan, and you saw what happened in the second half.”

The Centurions prevented Los Alamitos from taking a shot in the second half of the Aliso Cup pool play match and dominated the time of possession, tying the game in the 76th minute when sophomore midfielder Amirgy Pineda scored from just outside the 6-yard box.

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With its 1-1 tie, the Griffins advanced to the championship quarterfinals which will be played today.

“It is very early in the season and there is a lot of development that needs to be done. To me this is not the best indicator of if you are going to well this season,” Los Alamitos coach Don Martinez said. “But it is a top quality tournament, and if you do well, it says something about you early on.”

The Griffins took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute off a long throw from Zac Way. Daniel Weis flicked the ball to Michael DiMatteo, who knocked it in the goal. After that, though, Los Alamitos didn’t get another shot off.

“You have to give them (Century) a lot of credit. They were controlling a lot of the play high,” Martinez said. “They had a lot of good things that they were bringing to the table. They earned that goal.”

Silverman thought they should have had a chance to score another one earlier in the second half. In the 48th minute, Jesus Rojas collided with Los Alamitos’ keeper in the box while taking possession of a pass. No foul was called and the ball rolled just wide of the empty net.

“I flipped out when they let that go. That was the difference in the game,” Silverman said. “But we came out and corrected the problems that we had in the first half. I was thrilled with the way that they played.”

In other Aliso Cup matches:

University 5, St. Margaret’s 0: Jeff Calderia scored two goals to lead the visiting Trojans (2-0) into the championship quarterfinals.

JSerra 3, Agoura 0: Jonathan Fabulich knocked in two goals and Victor Rodriguez added another for the host Lions (1-0-1).

Marina 2, San Fernando 1: Dakoda Muta finished with two goals, helping the host Vikings (2-0-0) advance into the championship quarterfinals.


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