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Soccer Squads See Some Success On Pitch
Meeting up with Calaveras on Aug. 23, the Escalon varsity soccer team came off the field feeling pretty good about the effort.

"It went pretty well," agreed coach Paul Silva. "We scored twice and they didn't score at all."

More of a scrimmage than an actual contest, Silva said they broke it up into three 25-minute sessions.

"The first session, we came out a little timid," he explained. "By the second and third, we had calmed down, moved the ball better."

Putting the balls in the net for Escalon were Hugo Cervantes and Luis Chavez.

Preseason action hopefully will help his team get ready for the Trans-Valley League grind, said Silva, with multiple teams capable of grabbing wins in a highly competitive league.

Junior varsity results for the past week were a 4-1 win over Waterford (Monday) and a 2-0 win over Calaveras (Thursday).

On Monday against Waterford, Aaron Serrano had a hat trick (one assisted by Gabriel Sintuj and the other two unassisted) and Everardo Peralta had a goal on an assist from Chapman Mello.

"On Thursday against Calaveras, Damian Parocua scored on an assist from Carlos Cruz and Everardo Peralta scored again on an assist from Chapman Mello," said coach Chris Oliveira of taking their second win of the week. "On the whole, I'm pretty happy with the way the guys have been playing."

Coming off a winless campaign last season, Oliveira said the team has made great strides.

"I think it's obvious watching us that we're much improved over last year, but also that we're not playing to our capabilities yet," he added.