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Varsity Soccer Boys Notch Two Ties In TVL Play
Escalon’s Andy Alpizar, 18, reaches out to rescue the ball before it goes out of bounds in the corner during a TVL varsity boys soccer match at Riverbank, on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Though the Cougars scored first, in the first half, the Bruins came back in the second, ending the game in a 1-1 tie. Times Photo By Ric McGinnis

They only scored two goals in their two games this week, but they only gave up two- ending both contests in a 1-1 tie.

Escalon’s varsity soccer boys tied both Riverbank and Hilmar in Trans-Valley League action.

They traveled to Riverbank on Tuesday night, Jan. 24 and Luis Flores got them on the board in the first half.

“Riverbank equalized with 10 minutes left in the game,” said Escalon head coach Paul Silva. “A well-played game by both teams; our intensity and focus were good throughout the game. We just couldn’t capitalize on the scoring opportunities we had.”

Thursday, the varsity Cougars had to come from behind to forge the tie with the visiting Yellowjackets.

“We fell behind after two minutes into the game and stayed that way throughout the first half,” Silva said. “Jesse Gomez scored early in the second half, assisted by Andy Alpizar.”

But that was all the scoring the Cougars could muster, even though they had more opportunities as the second half unfolded.

“We were very wasteful in front of goal and couldn’t get a second,” Silva admitted. “Not a good performance on our part, we lacked intensity and composure throughout the game.”

The boys will regroup for this week, as they were to play at Hughson on Jan. 31 and travel to play Ripon at Mary Grogan Park in Modesto on Thursday.


Junior Varsity

The JV Cougars had a loss and a tie this week in TVL play.

They fell on the road at Riverbank by a 2-1 final. Dominic Murillo scored the only goal for Escalon in the game.

“Thursday at home against Hilmar we tied 1-1 with a goal from Co Northcutt and the assist from Yair Valerio,” said head coach Polo Rodriguez.


Varsity Girls

It was a week for varsity ties, as the girls found themselves in the same position as the boys. They hosted Riverbank on Jan. 24 and the teams battled to a scoreless tie.

Thursday, they were on the road in Hilmar and ended that contest in a 3-3 draw with the host Lady Yellowjackets.

“Cal Granis had two goals and one assist,” head coach Jeremy Titsworth said of the road game. “Jasmine Barron had one goal, Reagan Baker had one assist and Hannah Wampler had one assist.”


JV Girls

Taking the field for a game at Hilmar, the young Lady Cougars came away with the 2-0 victory.

Head coach Lindsay Plascencia said the first goal came from Adriana Romero, with the assist from Peyton Merrill.

“The second goal was by Destiny Reyes, in the last 10 minutes of the game, so that kind of secured it,” Plascencia said of being able to focus on defense in the final minutes to protect the 2-0 lead.