The Alisal High and Alvarez High girls soccer teams were only set to meet one time in the regular season, given that both teams are in different Monterey Bay League divisions.
Eighty minutes were not enough to settle this year’s rivalry game.
The two teams ended in a 1-1 tie Wednesday night as the squads prepare to head into the winter break.
It’s the first time the two teams played to a tie since Jan. 9, 2011, when neither team scored in their first meeting of that season.
Both teams found some positives from the game. Alisal kept its unbeaten streak going at seven (6-0-1) although it ended up being slowed down by the rival Eagles.
Alvarez avoided dropping down to a .500 record (3-2-2) and boosted its unbeaten streak to two in a row.
For the two coaches, the game was as expected.
“My players were nervous because it was two rival teams,” said Alisal Coach Ramon Hernandez.
Alvarez dictated the tempo for the first 10 minutes, pressuring Alisal into having to scramble and save shot opportunities. A couple of Alvarez attempts led by Clarissa Amezcua were ultimately cleared by Alisal. In the 20th minute, Gigi Perez centered a pass to Amezcua, but the shot attempt went right of the goal.
Alisal weathered the storm for 30 minutes and then suddenly ended up with the lead.
In the 30th minute, Alisal’s Marlene Valencia had a shot attempt from about 15 yards that went wide to the right. After the ball was put back in play, Alisal went right at the Alvarez goalkeeper, who secured the ball for a second and prepared to kick the ball to midfield. But on the kick, the ball went right at Priscilla Ruiz, who was a few yards away, and Ruiz stuck her hip out to ricochet the ball into the Alvarez goal, giving Alisal a 1-0 lead.
“I figured she would shoot the ball straight out,” said Ruiz.
The goal calmed down the Alisal players. But Alvarez kept at it.
The Eagles finally struck in the 58th minute, when the speedy Vanessa Moreno raced down the left side and was nearly forced out of bounds by the Alisal defense. Just before hitting the line, she sent the ball parallel to the goal, where Jasmine Vargas booted it in, tying the game at 1-1.
Vargas is the first player to score against Alisal this season, and it ended Alisal’s defensive streak at 538 minutes to start its 2013-14 campaign.
“I saw the ball was there, and I just stuck out my foot,” Vargas said.
She later admitted she was limping for a majority of the game, but given how big the game meant, she didn’t want to sit it out.
“I had to be there for my team and give it my all,” Vargas said.
Both teams had several chances late in the second half, but all were wide of the goal. Alvarez had the final strike with an attempt that looked almost similar to the one Vargas had in the 58th minute. But it went wide left.
For Alvarez coach Pedro Martinez, he was happy his team suck with the plan of attack going in and throughout the game.
“The players believe in the system,” Martinez said. “They practiced and prepped for it. The goal would eventually come. The players know their roles.”
Alisal will now be off until Jan. 8. When the Trojans return, they will travel to Hollister to begin Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division play. The squad won’t have another home game until Jan. 10 against Pajaro Valley.
Alvarez (3-3-1), meanwhile, has one more non-league contest before it takes a rest. The Eagles travel to San Juan Bautista on Friday to battle Anzar.
Ruiz said it was the toughest game of the season to date for the Trojans.
“It’s really difficult, this game. We haven’t lost against Alvarez, and we won’t,” Ruiz said.
North Monterey County 1, King City 1: At King City, the Condors rallied after King City scored a goal in the first half.
Jocelyn Gonzalez scored in the second half for North Monterey County (1-1-1). Goalkeeper Vanessa Cortez made six saves.
North Monterey County doesn’t return to action until Jan. 8 when MBL play begins.
Greenfield 2, North Salinas 2: At Greenfield, the Bruins and Vikings played to a tie in a non-league contest.
Jocelyn Guerrero scored both North Salinas goals. Her first came on a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1 in the second half. In the 78th minute, she scored on a header from a corner kick by Elizabeth Alcala.
The Vikings don’t play again until Jan. 8 at North Monterey County.
Seaside 2, Carmel 2: At Seaside, the Spartans scored two goals in the first half and eventually pulled into a tie with the Padres.
Carmen Lopez and Jazmin Vasquez each scored a goal for Seaside (1-5-1), with Dania Blanco assisting on both goals.
Lelei Hernandez had six saves as Seaside goalkeeper.
Seaside returns to action Jan. 8 against rival Monterey in the teams’ MBL Pacific Division opener.
Alisal 60, King City 53: At King City, the Trojans held off the Mustangs in a non-league contest.
Alisal led 34-23 at the break.
Darwin Ongy scored 15 points to lead the Trojans, who travel to Scotts Valley on Friday.
Stevenson 67, North Salinas 47: At North Salinas, the Pirates allowed 15 first half points and eventually prevailed over the Vikings.
Stevenson’s Ian Rice led all scorers with 20 points, while Matt Chodosh had 14 points.
Yitchak Garcia and Christian Casillas each had eight points for North Salinas (1-8).
North Salinas (1-5) plays Monterey at 5:30 p.m. today.
Palma: The annual Scattini Memorial Holiday tournament is scheduled to begin today with eight teams in action.
At 3:30 p.m., Alvarez faces Hollister. At 5 p.m., Santa Cruz takes on Capuchino. At 6:45 p.m., SCCAL defending champion Soquel plays St. Mary’s of Stockton. In the nightcap at 8 p.m., Palma plays Pajaro Valley.
The tournament runs through Saturday.
Alvarez 63, Marina 21: At Alvarez, the Eagles placed three players in double figures to beat the Mariners and improve to 4-3 overall.
Deasha Gambled topped Alvarez with 17 points, Carina Welsch had 12 and Angelina Ruiz 10.
Alvarez is at Gonzales on Friday.
Christopher 44, Soledad 30: At Soledad, the Cougars from Gilroy ended Soledad’s four-game winning streak.
Christopher took advantage of second-chance opportunities to hold back the Aztecs (4-3).
Meg Paraguya had 15 points and five rebounds, while Ilyanna Hendricks had five points and 19 rebounds.
Soledad next plays Seaside on Friday.
North Salinas: The Vikings will host an alumni game Friday night, with the current team taking on players from past North Salinas teams in an exhibition.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Alisal 1, San Clemente 1: At Alisal, in a matchup of state-ranked teams, the Trojans ended in a tie with the Orange County squad.
Santiago Morales scored in the early part of the second half on a pass from Eduardo Miranda.
Alisal had a couple of first-half chances to get the first goal of the game, with two shots on goal hitting a post.
Alisal goalkeeper Andy Camacho made five saves in the tie.
The Trojans (2-0-1) next play Archbishop Mitty in San Jose on Dec. 27.