It's all in front of us as it pertains to Moore League boys' soccer. With three days of games left in the regular season, Millikan, Cabrillo, Lakewood and Jordan are atop the league table and are separated by three points. Those four teams play each other next Wednesday to kick off the stretch run.
Wilson (4-12-4, 3-6-1) nearly played the spoiler role on Friday afternoon against first-place Millikan, but the Rams (14-3-5, 6-0-3) scored got three second half goals from Ray Angulo, Muny Chan and Miguel Alonso to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit and win on the road, 3-2.
Bruin captain Ian McBride gave the home team the lead with a beautiful header off a Kelly Hess corner kick in the 22nd minute. Millikan took the lead before the hour mark and added the third before George Melgar scored for Wilson with five minutes remaining to make the scoreline rightfully more respectable.
"Credit to Wilson, they had a much better percentage on their chances and they always play us hard," said Millikan head coach Rod Petkovic. His team outshot their hosts, 18-6, and largely enjoyed the upper hand in the run of play.
There were about six guilt-edged scoring opportunities in the first half, the one McBride finished and five wasted shots by Millikan. Alonso headed two nice crosses over the crossbar and Andres Salinas sent two sitters wide of the posts, as did Brendan Werstine and Adrian Montes.
In stark contrast, the Rams scored their three goals on their first six shots of the second half. In the 54th minute, Angulo blasted home the equalizer from the top of the 18-yard box off a long rebound. Three minutes later, Chan gave his team the lead when he leapt to meet a cross from Salinas and sent it home with his knee in mid-air. The eventual game-winner in the 73rd minute off a long throw in from David Guerrero to Alonso, who took a shot and pounded home the rebound.
Meanwhile at Poly, Senior Jimmy Galindo kept the Lakewood Lancers' title hopes alive, as he put home the eventual game-winner in the 36th minute, against Long Beach Poly. The score came on a cross from Maurecio Echeverr. Goalie Josh Haskill recorded his tenth clean sheet of the season for Lakewood (9-4-6, 6-2-1).
In other Moore League action, Cabrillo (14-4-6, 6-2-2) rolled Compton, 6-0. Evair Marin, Cesar Enriquez, Alejandro Barters, Jose Dominguez, Edgar Gonzalez and Dany De Haro all scored for the Jaguars, who outshot the visitors, 16-5.
Wednesday will be a massive day in the Moore League as Lakewood will travel to Cabrillo and Millikan hosts Jordan (9-10-4, 5-2-2).