Taking their act on the road, the Escalon varsity soccer Cougars came home with a satisfying 6-1 win on Tuesday.
They were at Mountain House for the Oct. 20 contest, scoring three goals in each half. The host Mustangs got one goal in the second half to avoid the shutout.
“The first time we played them, it was pretty one-sided,” said Escalon coach Paul Silva, noting he felt that his team would be able to get the win on the road this time. “We worked on a new formation and we felt pretty good, the guys played really well and managed the new formation, people with different responsibilities out on the field, very well.”
Three minutes in, Damien Parocua found the net with the assist from Jairo Duran. Three minutes later, Chris Gallo scored on an assist from Parocua. Gerardo Magana made it 3-0 Escalon at the 38:00 mark.
Mountain House regrouped and got a shot past Cougar keeper Ismael Gonzalez four minutes in to the second half to trim the lead to 3-1, but Escalon got that one back about 12 minutes later, Fabricio Gallo scoring at the 56:00 mark with an assist from Guillermo Alvarez. Everardo Peralta scored with a Chris Gallo assist 57:00 in to the game, Magana put in his second goal of the game, unassisted, at the 68:00 mark.
Goalie Gonzalez had four saves on the afternoon.
“We possessed the ball and created a lot of opportunities,” said Silva of the contest.
Escalon’s JV team, meanwhile, earned a 4-1 win on the road at Mountain House to close out their season. At 5-0-1 in league play, the JV team earned the Trans-Valley League championship.
“It was a really good year for them,” Silva said of the squad, which was under the direction of first-year head coach Polo Rodriguez.
The varsity team, headed into the final regular week of the season with a 7-1 mark in TVL play, was scheduled to play at Hughson on Tuesday, after The Times went to press and face off with Hilmar on Thursday. A win on Tuesday would likely mean the Thursday home game for the Cougars will decide the TVL title.
“I brought seven kids up from the JV,” Silva said of adding to his roster for the final week of regular season play,
Sophomores Daniel Galvan, Nolan Rockwell and Hector Rodriguez are three that likely would have gotten some playing time at the varsity level this season had the squad not already been full. Also making the jump for the last league games and the playoffs are sophomores Mario Zurita and Diego Salcedo, along with freshmen Ross Calderon and Jonathan Valeriano, who suffered a broken collarbone early in the season but could be cleared for the playoffs.
The postseason starts on Thursday, Nov. 5.