The Jaguars took second place on the last day of play while the Jackrabbits and Bruins finish tied for fourth...
Cabrillo Takes Second Place From Jordan, 2-0
The Jaguars have been settling in at home in the second round of Moore League play and took second place relatively easily yesterday, beating Jordan 2-0.
Cabrillo outshot Jordan 9-3, and moved the ball well on their well-manicured field. That good possession-style soccer yielded an early goal. After Oscar Enriquez sent it forward, Jose Vaca dribbled one defender and then drew the goalie out towards him on the right side of the box. That set up an easy cross to teammate Joseph Gaskins for the game’s first score, in the 11th minute.
Ten minutes into the second half, they got a Goal of the Year candidate from senior midfielder Geo Cazal. From about fifty yards out, Cazal put a free kick on the back post, using both the sun in the Jordan keeper’s eyes and the wind that comes buffeting down the field in that direction.
“We’ve had four goals like that in the twelve years I’ve been coaching here,” said Cabrillo coach Pat Noyes. “He couldn’t have hit it any better.”
If that second goal didn’t seal it—and with some of Jordan’s comebacks this year, it certainly didn’t—a red card being pulled on a Panther in the 69th minute essentially did. Cabrillo was able to move the ball well and mark Jordan out of the counter attack that proved so potent the first time these teams met this year, a 3-2 Jordan win.
“I just think we came in feeling pressure,” said Jordan coach David Moreno. “We were nervous, we weren’t connecting passes. We played out of our style.”
Credit goes to Cabrillo’s defense as well. Oscar Enriquez effectively marked Rafa Haros out of the game, neutralizing one of the city’s most dangerous offensive players.
The win gives Cabrillo the second seed out of the Moore League, and almost certainly a playoff game at home on the field where they’re so comfortable. The Panthers are still in the midst of a great season, and will be heard from in the CIF playoffs.
Wilson beat Lakewood, 3-2, and Poly blanked Compton 4-0 to finish the season tied for fourth in the Moore League. The playoff brackets will be released on Monday afternoon. We’ll post them LIVE right here on GazettesSports.com, but before that come back here on Sunday afternoon for the final boys' and girls' soccer standings.