The Soledad High boys soccer team has put itself on the brink of school history.
The Aztecs defeated Gonzales High 2-0 on Thursday evening in Gonzales. With the win, Soledad improved to 17-0-2 and 12-0-1 in the Mission Trail Athletic League.
Michael Sanchez scored one of Soledad’s goals in the win over Gonzales.
Soledad, the last undefeated boys soccer team in the Central Coast Section this season, will go into Tuesday’s contest against Greenfield with the MTAL regular season championship on the line.
The Aztecs will not only have a chance to win the league title, but they can also become the ninth boys soccer team in the CCS since 2001, and third in as many years, to finish the regular season undefeated.
Greenfield 2, King City 0: At King City, the Bruins kept their MTAL title hopes on the line with the win over the Mustangs.
Greenfield scored both goals in the first half to improve to 12-1 in the MTAL.
King City totaled five shots on goal. Goalkeeper Andres Gomez made six saves.
King City travels to Stevenson on Tuesday.
Monterey 1, Seaside 0: At Seaside, the Toreadores moved to the brink of the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division championship by shutting out the rival Spartans.
There was no last-second equalizer by Seaside, as Monterey goalkeeper Fredis Pineda made three saves.
Hyunsik Lee scored Monterey’s lone goal of the game on an assist from Fernando Cardenas.
With the win, Monterey improved to 8-1-2 in the division.
Monterey can win the division title in one week against Palma.
Palma 2, North Salinas 0: At Rabobank Stadium, the Chieftains held the Vikings scoreless in a Pacific Division contest.
Both goals came in the final 10 minutes. Zack Werner put Palma ahead 1-0 in the 73rd minute on a pass from Brian Banuelos. Five minutes later, J.R. Budde scored.
Steven Johnson and John Angelo Pezzini each played a half as Palma goalkeeper to preserve the shutout.
North Salinas goalkeeper Gregorio Salinas had three saves.
Alisal 1, Watsonville 1: At Watsonville, the Trojans and Wildcatz finished even.
Watsonville had a free kick from about 30 yards out in extra time. The ball was booted right to the Alisal goal, and goalkeeper Andres Camacho leaped to bat the ball away. Alisal soon cleared.
The Alisal defense denied Watsonville several times in the second half. Watsonville had four breakaways only to get denied by Camacho each time.
Alisal scored in the fifth minute with a goal from Jorge Rosales.
The tie moved Alisal to 7-1-2 in the MBL Gabilan Division and 12-3-3 overall.
Alisal travels to Salinas on Tuesday.
Carmel 6, York 1: At Carmel, the Padres had four different players score in the win over the Falcons.
Joey Taormina and Daniel Ceto each scored two goals, while Max Yeater and Andrew Goode each scored one goal.
Carmel plays Gonzales on Tuesday.
Santa Catalina 3, Carmel 1: At Santa Catalina, the MTAL champions allowed the first goal of the game but then powered by Carmel.
Allie Aiello scored twice, boosting her season total to 27. Daisy Villegas also scored a goal, moving her to 24 goals and 24 assists on the season. Brooke Butterworth and Sammy Mudd assisted on two of the three Santa Catalina goals.
Goalkeeper Tamara Attia made five saves.
Carmel’s Lauren Tracy scored on an assist from Brooke Vierra.
The Padres moved to 6-6-1 in league play and 7-10-1 overall.
Soledad 3, Gonzales 0: At Gonzales, the Aztecs won the latest Soledad-Gonzales Rivalry Game by shutout.
Belinda Ascencio scored two goals, one coming in the fifth minute.
Sandra Ragoso gave Soledad a 3-0 lead in the 75th minute with a near-40-yarder that found the net.
Pacific Grove 1, Stevenson 0: At Stevenson, the Breakers got the lone goal of the game and then turned to its defense to hold off the Pirates.
The win moved Pacific Grove to 7-3 in the MTAL.
Stevenson faces King City today.
Soledad 47, Santa Catalina 41: At Santa Catalina, the Aztecs won the battle to stay in second place in the MTAL with the win over the Cougars.
The win boosted Soledad to 10-2 in the MTAL and 14-8 overall. Santa Catalina lost back-to-back games for the first time since late December and dropped to 9-3 in the MTAL.
Santa Catalina got to within two in the fourth quarter before Soledad sealed the contest.
Ilyanna Hendricks was one block away from a triple double, getting 15 points and 12 rebounds. Meg Paraguya had 20 points and six steals, Leslie Amaro had four rebounds and two steals and Luzz Bugarin had five points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Madison Fox had 12 points, and Kylie Moses had 10 points for Santa Catalina.
Soledad faces Greenfield on Monday.
Pacific Grove 50, Gonzales 37: At Pacific Grove, the Breakers remained in first in the MTAL with the win over the Spartans.
Gonzales led after one quarter before the MTAL leaders established themselves.
Pacific Grove’s Jessica Matthews scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Reeve Groebecker had 14 points and seven assists, and Allie Patton had six points and 12 rebounds.
The Breakers can win a share of the MTAL championship on Monday against Santa Catalina.
Greenfield 32, Carmel 29 (OT): At Greenfield, the Bruins won the low-scoring battle that needed several extra minutes to decide.
Liz Castro led Greenfield with 16 points. Carmel’s Amber Clark scored eight points.
Greenfield travels to Soledad on Monday.
Alvarez 62, Watsonville 24: At Alvarez, the Eagles won big over the Wildcatz.
Deaysia Gamble and Alyssa Ruiz each scored 14 points to pace Alvarez, which moved two games over .500 in the MBL Pacific Division. Nini Ruiz put in 12 points.
Alvarez will end the regular season facing the two Pacific Division leaders. It plays at Gilroy on Monday before facing rival Alisal on Thursday.
King City 49, Stevenson 43: At King City, the Mustangs kept their postseason tournament hopes alive with the narrow win over the Pirates.
The Mustangs improved to 5-7 in the MTAL. They must win their final two games to avoid missing the postseason for the first time in about three decades.
Savannah Valladarez scored 19 points, and Alyssa Carroll scored 10 points for King City.
Alisal 51, Pajaro Valley 24: At Alisal, the Trojans bounced back from a loss earlier in the week by defeating the Grizzlies.
Natalia Castro scored 19 points, and Rocio Becerra put in six points for Alisal, which improved to 10-1 in the MTAL.
Alisal finishes the regular season in one week against Alvarez with the Pacific Division title on the line.
North Monterey County 52, Monterey 26: At North Monterey County, the Condors improved to 14-8 overall and 7-3 in the Pacific Division by doubling up Monterey.
Samantha Flores scored 14 points, and Marissa Solorio had nine points and 10 rebounds for North Monterey County.
Monterey’s Beverly Arnett had 11 points.
North Monterey County travels to Watsonville on Tuesday.
Hollister 44, Notre Dame 41: At Hollister, the Haybalers rallied in the final 2:30 to defeat the Spirits.
Hollister trailed 38-36 but allowed just three points in the final 2:30.
Marisa Given had 21 points, and Sarah Muzik had 12 points for Notre Dame.
North Salinas 61, Salinas 43: At Salinas, the Vikings wrapped up the MBL Gabilan Division title outright with the win over the Cowboys.
Salinas stayed with the Vikings, trailing 30-27 at half thanks to Daniella Villegas’ eight points in that time frame.
The Vikings boosted their lead to 14 in the third quarter.
Nicole Hermosillo-Wright led North Salinas with 18 points. Alyssa Springs tallied 17 points.
Villegas led Salinas with 11 points.
Carmel 66, Greenfield 47: At Carmel, the Padres fended off the Bruins to stay at the top of the MTAL standings.
John Stivers finished with 23 points for Carmel.
Greenfield’s Rudy Amezcua scored a game-high 33 points.
Both teams next play on Monday, Carmel vs. King City and Greenfield entertaining Soledad.
Carmel: Giangorgi 3 0 7, Spinola 3 5 11, Marden 4 1 9, Riley 3 0 6, Stivers 9 3 23, Kehoe 2 1 5, Michele 1 1 3.
Greenfield: Amezcua 12 2 33, Garcia 0 4 4, Vega 2 0 4, Pacheco 3 0 6.
Three-pointers: Giangiorgi, Stivers 2, Amezcua 7
Fouled out: none
Pacific Grove 54, Gonzales 52: At Gonzales, a raucous crowd nearly rattled the Breakers, but the visitors held on to stay in first place in the MTAL.
Pacific Grove missed 18 free throws but got a couple of makes from Sam Senstermaker in the final few seconds to go up by two possessions.
Luke Lowell scored 22 points, and Brad Sendell had 13 points for Pacific Grove.
Gonzales’ Chris Harrigan put in 22 points.
Pacific Grove next plays Marina on Saturday at Monterey High.
Gonzales: Mora 1 1 3, Harrigan 9 3 22, Madrigal 4 0 8, Gallegos 6 3 17.
Pacific Grove: Sendell 3 4-4 13, Lowell 9 2-12 22, Buttrey 3 1-4 7, Wagner 1 0-0 2, Miller 1 1-6 3. Senstermaker 1 2-2 4
Three-pointers: Harrigan 1, Gallegos 2, Lowell 2
Fouled out: Harrigan
Stevenson 59, King City 57: At King City, freshman Kenny Pich hit the game winner at the buzzer to give the Pirates the win.
King City had the ball with 23 seconds to go, but Stevenson got the ball on a turnover with 8.5 seconds. The visitors called a timeout to set up a final play.
But the final play didn’t go as planned. The ball eventually was passed to Pich, who set himself and sank the game winner.
Matt Chodish had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Marc Pauwels had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Stevenson faces Gonzales on Monday.
King City: Garcia 2 3 9, Martinez 4 2 11, Salcido 5 2 12, Sharif 4 0 8, Rose 9 0 18, Flores 1 0 2.
Stevenson: Fanning 1 0 3, Rice 3 0 7, Borges 5 0 13, Pauwels 5 1 11, Bournes 1 2 4, Chodish 5 2 12, Pich 3 0 7, Chapman 1 0 2.
Fouled out: none
UC San Diego 56, CSU Monterey Bay 48: At CSUMB, the Tritons used a 33-point second half to get by the Otters.
Chezla Self led CSUMB with 13 points, and Holly Holcomb had nine points.
CSUMB plays Cal State San Bernardino in the program’s first ever nationally televised game on Saturday morning.