Boys soccer defeats Williams in playoffs

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Tyler Hagy, (Second Row) Oscar Sanchez, Grayson Roberts, Anthony Carillo, Anthony Jimenez, Luis Diaz, Kevin Reyes, Javier Bermudez, Daniel Borges, (Back Row) Jose Escobedo, Jahir Manzo, Eduardo Garcia-Barrera,Allan Rodriguez, Dominic Cintas ,Luis Magallanes, Edward Leon, Ivan Santana, Jesus Sanchez, Jose Julian Solorio, Ryan Anderson, Adrian Cruz, are the 2019 NSCIF Division III Champions.

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The Winters High School boys soccer team played the NSCIF Division III championship game on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Warriors kept their home field advantage on the Shirley Rominger Field against long-time rival Williams High School.

The boys played their championship game at 2 p.m., just after the girls won theirs. There were many carded penalties in Saturday’s game: Six yellow cards and four reds. The two most notable happened in the minute of the last overtime period. Winters Goalkeeper Jose Escobedo, also the Defensive League MVP, was carded for a hit to the face made while blocking a shot to his goal. Seconds after that call Coach Pedro Ceja argued with the referee and was carded and ejected out of the game. Tyler Hagy put on the goalkeeper jersey and finished the game.

With the Warriors down their goal tender and coach, they continued on to finish out the overtime period. Overtime ended with the score still 1-1, the Warriors went to a shootout.

In the shoot out the Warriors and Williams were both allowed five shots. Williams’ first two shots got by Hagy.

The third shot Hagy blocked and the fourth and last shot was kicked too high and bounced off the frame of the goal. The Warriors made all four of their shots.

“We’re all very proud of how they played the entire season and how they handled the pressure and adversity of the championship game. Every player gave their all for their team yesterday and all season long,” said Coach Marco Arredondo.

The Warriors will move onto the first round of the 2019 CIF Northern California Regional Championships – Division V, as the number six seed. The game was at Balboa High School where the Warriors took on Mission High School of San Francisco, the number three seed on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.

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