The Seaside High boys soccer team got a huge confidence boost and pulled itself back into contention with a 1-0 win over nationally-ranked Watsonville on Tuesday night.
The Spartans got the game-winning goal in the 71st minute when Cesar Gherasimescu scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty area.
“It was a good confidence booster for us,” Seaside coach Nick Lackey said. “It was a great team win and we play really balanced tonight. This puts us right back in the mix.”
The win improved Seaside to 6-4-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division
Watsonville, who received a No. 7 ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in Region IV, fell to 8-2-1 overall and 2-1 in league. The Wildcatz just returned from a showcase in Hawaii in which they went 2-1. Watsonville hosts 10-0-1 Alisal on Thursday.
“This was their first game back from Hawaii and I think they may have been looking forward to the Alisal game,” Lackey said. “It just shows you that everybody is beatable and that was a really good team we beat.”
Alonso Meza recorded the shutout and Sergio Javier and Eleazar Cardenas had very strong games at midfield. Seaside plays Thursday at home against Salinas.
Salinas 2, Gilroy 1: At Salinas, Ruben Ruiz scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Ismael Velarde with 15 minutes remaining in the match to lift the Cowboys to their first league match.
Aaron Merriweather scored on a bicycle kick off an indirect kick into the box to put the Cowboys up 1-0. Gilroy (6-5, 1-2 MBL Gabilan) scored 15 minutes before the first half ended.
Salinas’ Ricardo Losoya finished with four saves. Salinas (7-3, 1-2 MBL Gabilan) plays Thursday at Seaside.
Christopher 1, Palma 0: At Christopher, the Cougars scored in the second half to edge past the Chieftains in MBL Pacific action.
Palma (5-5, 1-2 league) put together nine shots on goal. The Chieftains hosts North Salinas on Thursday.
Alvarez 3, Monte Vista Christian 0: At MVC, Eddie Martinez, who regularly plays in goal, played up front and scored two goals as the Eagles improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the MBL Pacific.
Edwin Hermosillo also had goal, Rodolfo Pompa had an assist and Frank Ortiz made four saves to record the shutout. Alvarez plays Thursday at home against Monterey.
Pajaro Valley 2, North Monterey County 0: At Watsonville, the Grizzlies won for the fifth time in their last six matches.
North County falls to 6-5-1 overall and 1-3 in the MBL Gabilan.
Seaside 46, Hollister 42: At Seaside, the Spartans held a double-digit lead going into the final quarter, but Hollister quickly cut it to six and eventually three with 30 seconds to play.
Seaside (12-3, 4-0 league) was able to take back control from the free-throw line. Kalanni Young came up big, knocking in three of four from the charity strip to seal the game.
Freshman Marielle Tuazon finished with a game-high 22 points and Sabrina Neal had a double-double which included 10 points. The Spartans have a bye Thursday, and resume play Tuesday at home against North Salinas.
Hollister (8-8, 2-2 league) play Thursday at home against Notre Dame.
North Salinas 64, Alisal 29: At North Salinas, the Vikings jumped out to a 24-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
Nicole Hermosillo led the Vikings with 10 points. Adea Prime and Darjhian Tennant each scored nine points and Alyssa Springs had eight.
Brittany Valdez led the Trojans with nine points.
North Salinas (10-4, 2-1 MBL Gabilan) plays Thursday at Salinas. Alisal (5-11, 0-4 MBL Gabilan) plays Thursday at Christopher.
Alvarez 59, Monterey 19: At Alvarez, Cassy Zazueta scored a game-high 21 points as the Eagles improved to 2-1 in the MBL Pacific.
Kate Brandon added 10 points and Lauren Reyes had eight for Alvarez who play Thursday at Watsonville.
Christopher 45, Notre Dame 35: At Notre Dame, the Spirits led 18-15 at halftime but trailed by six going into the last quarter and couldn’t catch Cougars.
Maria Given scored nearly half the Notre Dame points with 17, helped by four 3-point field goals.
The loss dropped Notre Dame to 0-3 in league and 8-7 overall. The Spirits play at Hollister on Thursday.
Christopher improved to 9-3 overall, 3-0 in league.
Pacific Grove 2, Soledad 0: At Soledad, the Breakers scored one goal in each half while preventing the Aztecs from getting any shots on goal to stay unbeaten.
The Breakers are 7-0-3 overall and 2-0-1 in the MTAL.
Nellie Smith scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Lauren Weichert, on an assist from Kelyn Rodewald scored in the second half.
The Breakers are home Thursday against Stevenson at 5 p.m.
Carmel 4, Gonzales 0: At Carmel, Jordan Ataide scored three goals, bringing her season total to 16, and helping the Padres to 2-0-1 mark in the Mission Trail Athletic League.
Elisa Gonzalez-Smith had a goal and Alea Nystrom and Marie Rogers posted assists. Eva Baker and Olivia Doskey-Mulvaney had stand-out defensive games.
Carmel (6-2-1 overall) plays Thursday at Santa Catalina. Gonzales (2-7, 1-3 MTAL) hosts Soledad on Thursday.
Stevenson 3, Greenfield 0: At Stevenson, Kelly Smith had two goals and assisted on Olivia Wayman’s goal helping the Pirates improve to 4-3-2 overall and 2-0-1 in league.
Santa Catalina 6, King City 0: At King City, the Cougars netted three goals in each half to stay unbeaten in MTAL play.
Daisy Villegas had two goals an assist, Blair Miller had two goals and Fatima Larios and Sophia White each had a goal and an assist. Santa Catalina improved to 4-0-2 and 2-0-1 in the MTAL.
King City fell to 1-2 in league play.
Pacific Collegiate 5, York 2: At York, Audrey Mustoe had a goal and an assist in the Falcons’ loss.
Caroline Chan had a goal, Lamby Kreeger had an assist and Maddie Jewel held down the midfield.
Anzar 1, Marina 0: At Anzar, the Mariners slipped to 0-3 in CAL play and is back in action Thursday at home against Trinity Christian.
King City 73, York 12: At King City, in a late score from Monday the Mustangs went to 4-10 overall and 3-1 in the MTAL by beating winless York.
Elijah Valladarez led King City with 12 pointgs, Dominic Rose had 11 and Ricardo Patino 10.
King City: Green 3 2-2 8, Salcido 2 0-0 4, Sharif 2 0-0 4, Rose 5 1-3 11, Flores 1 0-0 3, Valladarez 6 0-0 12, Martinez 2 0-0 4, Erickson 3 2-6 8, Sans 4 0-0 9, Patino 5 0-0 10. Totals 33 5-11 73.
York: Colton 1 0-0 2, Cody 1 1-3 3, Kevin 1 0-0 2, Quinn 1 1-2 3, Will 1 0-0 2. Totals 5 2-8 12.
3-point goals: King City (2) Flores 1, Sans 1.
Salinas Valley PONY Baseball /Softball are having sign-ups for T-Ball, Pinto 8u, Mustang 10u, Bronco 12u, Pony 14 and also girls softball Pre-Rookies 8u, Rookies 10u, Minors 12u, Majors 14u. Applications can be picked up and filled out at El Dorado Park every Saturday 11am – 2pm and every Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm at the Pizza Factory on South Main St. in January and February. Copy of birth certificates required. Applications can be also be pick up at Homers Batting Cages. Call George at 443-4319 or Nick at 235-3338.