In a Division II matchup between section foes, Laveen Cesar Chavez cruised to a 2-0 win over Glendale Independence.
Cesar Chavez (12-3) kept the pressure on Independence (10-2) throughout the night, striking early and playing solid defense on the other end to secure the victory, its second in a row.
“We are very aggressive, and they (the players) know what they are supposed to do,” Cesar Chavez coach German Alvarez said.
The aggressive play from middle fielder Heliel Cortez and twin brother Irbyn Cortez paced the Cesar Chavez attack. Heading into the night, Irbyn was in fifth place in Division II for goals scored with 14 on the season, but it was Heliel who did the damage against Independence, scoring twice in the first half.
“Those are the tremendous twins,” Alvarez said. “They are really, really good and the level is so high with them.”
At the eight minute mark of the first half, Heliel Cortez got his team on the board with a header from about 15 feet away, taking advantage of a misplay from Independence goalie Juan Canales.
Canales chose to chase and jump after the ball in the air, but couldn’t quite get to it as Cortez jumped higher to head it into the abandoned net.
Just two minutes later, Cortez scored his second goal of the night off an Independence turnover, chipping it in over two defenders as well as Canales into the back of the net for the two-goal lead.
Coming out of the break, Independence tightened up its defense and pushed forward with an orchestrated attack, but couldn’t muster a goal to get back into the game.
With the win, Cesar Chavez leap frogs Independence in the Division II Section III standings and will look to win its third game in a row next week against La Joya Community.
“We have a different mentality this year and we are doing pretty good so far with it,” Alvarez said.