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Regular Season Soccer Concludes For Cougars
Recognized prior to their final home game for the Cougars were senior players, honored for their contributions to the program over the years. Shown, front row from left, Isaac Bernardino, Alejandro Rodriguez, Beaden Inglis, Luis Zurita, Angel Romero. Back row from left, Esteban Yepez, Matthew Baptista, Andy Alpizar, Jacen Peoples, Luis Flores, Christian Epps, Vicente Gonzalez, Aldo Yepiz. Photo Contributed

Playing their final regular season game on the home pitch, both the Escalon varsity and JV soccer boys fell to visiting Livingston.

The games were played on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

“We lost 4-2; it was tied 1-1 at half,” varsity head coach Paul Silva said of the contest. “Luis Flores scored the first goal. We went up 2-1 after Matthew Baptista scored with an assist from Luis.”

But the Cougars then had to play a man down for the last 20 minutes and that had a major impact on the game, said Silva.

“We couldn’t keep them from scoring their three (second half) goals,” he admitted.

Escalon was 11-6-5 overall and went 3-3-4 in the Trans-Valley League, finishing in fourth place. The team did make the playoffs and they were scheduled to be on the road in Sonora for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

For the JV boys, it was a 3-1 loss with the lone goal on the night coming from Dylan Pena with Yair Valerio assisting, said coach Polo Rodriguez.