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Boys' Soccer: Wilson Plays Scoreless Draw

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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 10:01 pm, Wed Dec 18, 2013.

As has been the case for both teams this season, Wilson and Los Alamitos had plenty of chances to score but finished this non-league contest in a scoreless draw.

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"We're in a slump and hopefully we're getting it out of the way early," said Wilson head coach Abraham Moran. "We've been patient but today I told the team to be dangerous."

The Bruins heeded the advice and fired early, often and from anywhere in the Griffin half. Wilson outshot Los Alamitos 13-10 but only four were on target for the home side.

"They were better in the run of play and they outplayed us," said Los Alamitos head coach Don Martinez. "These are both talented teams, but we're fortunate they didn't score."

Wilson and forward Martin Rafael easily moved the ball up the left flank in the first half and the junior took a team-high three shots in the opening half hour. The two best chances for the Bruins came off of Rafael corner service. Both begat rebounds but both were quickly cleared by the Los Alamitos back line.

The second half was the Griffins' chance to take charge with eight earned corners, six of which came in the first 15 minutes after halftime. Los Alamitos exclusively executed the short corner and it gave the visitors three clean shots one goal but Wilson goalkeeper Manuel Reyes was up to make the stops. The senior finished with five saves.

The best chance in the game came in the last 10 minutes. In the 72nd minute, Griffin forward Evan Bacani beat two defenders on the edge of the 18-yard box and took an uncontested shot that Reyes punched out. In the final minute of play, Wilson senior captain Ian McBride collected a bouncing ball at the top of the box and spun to fire a shot just over the crossbar.

Wilson (1-4-3) and Los Alamitos (2-3-2) will continue tournament play this weekend.