Despite being down a man for half the game, the Amador High School boys soccer team refused to quit competing and was rewarded with a late goal that earned the Buffaloes a 1-1 draw against Calaveras.
Trailing 1-0 and with one less player on the field than Calaveras due to a red card, Amador’s effort paid off with a game-tying goal by senior Wes Villarreal, assisted by junior Alejandro Lopez-Blanco, with 3 minutes to play in the game.
“Great effort by Amador playing a man down and still fighting back to tie the game,” Calaveras coach Rob Leetham said.
Amador junior goalie Kyle Vaith made some key saves to keep the Buffaloes in the game.
“The whole team demonstrated great heart,” Amador coach Greg Wall said.
Calaveras scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick by senior Andrew Celli in the first half, but CHS was unable to add to its total and had to settle for its third tie in a row.
“Another match where we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Leetham said. “Our passing was improved, but we just can’t score right now.”
Despite having to settle for a tie, Calaveras did pick up a key point in the standings to boost its chances of earning the Mother Lode League’s third and final playoff spot. Entering Thursday’s games, Calaveras (10-4-3, 3-1-3 MLL) was in third place behind league co-leaders Sonora and Summerville, four points ahead of Amador (6-7-3, 2-4-2) for the MLL’s final playoff-qualifying spot.
Amador 1, Bret Harte 0
The Buffaloes shutout the Bullfrogs on Thursday, January 30 in Sutter Creek.
Junior Alejandro Lopez-Blanco scored the game’s lone goal on a free kick from just outside of the goal box in the first half. Junior goalkeeper Kyle Vaith preserved the shutout for Amador with a key save on a corner kick in the second half.
“Due to missing players, six football players – Bryce Nelson, Clint Lyman, Ray Ortiz, Jay De Anda, Avery Upchurch and Liam Parvin – joined us for the night and showed great camaraderie,” Amador coach Greg Wall said.
Calaveras 1, Sonora 1
A second straight tie was not the result Calaveras was hoping for in its pursuit of a league championship, but it’s what it had to settle for after a second-half goal by the Wildcats on Thursday, January 30 in San Andreas.
Junior Logan Jenkins put Calaveras ahead 1-0 in the first half with a goal, assisted by sophomore Garrett Hesser.
“Another tough match after our 0-0 tie with Summerville (on January 28),” Calaveras coach Rob Leetham said. “I was very pleased with our play in the first half, but we just couldn’t get our offense clicking in the second.
“Sometimes a tie helps, sometimes it hurts. Tonight it hurt because we could have been in the driver’s seat for league with a win. Now we need to win out and get help from others.”
Sonora 3, Argonaut 1
The Mustangs, who were playing with only 10 players as the result of health issues, jumped out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold off the first-place Wildcats on Tuesday, February 4 in Jackson.
Argonaut scored the game’s first goal near the midway point of the first half when Zach Hernandez cut in front of the Sonora goalie, stealing the ball and firing it off the cross bar. Jesse Flores gathered the rebound and slotted a shot into the left corner of the goal to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
Sonora responded four minutes later to tie the game and took the lead for good with another goal late in the first half.
Argonaut goalkeeper Hunter Voss finished the game with 11 saves. Also for the Mustangs (1-4-2 MLL), German Lizaola and Nick Robertson led the defense with nine and eight steals, respectively. Flores led the team with shots on goal, followed by Jason Belogub and Hernandez.
Varsity Girls Soccer
Amador 1, Bret Harte 0
The Buffaloes squeaked out a win over the Bullfrogs on Thursday, January 30 in Angels Camp.
“Illness and absenteeism were factors, but the Bret Harte girls brought an unexpected challenge that (we) struggled to deal with,” Amador coach Anthony Peters said. “The win was needed in the competition to sections, but a more decisive result would have been better. (We) still have work to do.”
JV Boys Soccer
Amador 2, Calaveras 0
The surging Buffaloes continued their improved play, shutting out Calaveras on Tuesday, February 4 in San Andreas. The return of Nathan Wiebe helped lock down the defense for Amador (3-4-1 MLL) with Elias Torres and Jacob Julian sparking the midfield. Jay Fillmore scored an early goal for the Buffaloes and River Hulson added a corner kick score.
Sonora 4, Argonaut 1
Alex Girton scored the lone goal for the Mustangs (1-5-1 MLL) on a breakaway in the first half on Tuesday, February 4 in Jackson.
Amador 2, Bret Harte 0
Max Parkey scored on a free kick and Alex Nicholson headed in a corner kick to lift the Buffaloes to a shutout win over the Bullfrogs on Thursday, January 30 in Sutter Creek.
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