The Millikan boys soccer team solidified its spot atop the Moore League thanks to a complete performance from Noel Moncada. The senior forward created the Rams’ first two goals with unselfish assists, and scored the third, in a 3-0 victory over visiting Wilson on Monday.
Millikan (20-1-3, 6-0-1) is on an 11-game winning streak, and is ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1. A 1-1 draw with Wilson (8-4-5, 3-2-2) in December is the only blemish on Millikan’s league record. The Rams are trying to win a 10th league title in the last 11 years.
“They did a good job making adjustments from our first game and taking away what we do best at the midfield,” Wilson coach C.J. Brewer said.
Wilson started the game on the front foot, and had more possession in the first half, but Moncada took space on the right flank to get the Millikan offense going. In the 25th minutes, he beat his defender to the end line and sent a cross that senior Alan Montejo flew into the penalty box to finish with one touch.
Millikan goalkeeper Max Hintz and Wilson goalkeeper Mario De La Torre both made quality saves to start the second half. De La Torre finished with seven saves, and Hintz had three. Hintz has only allowed three goals this season.
Moncada helped Millikan double its lead in the 68th minute when he beat multiple defenders and De La Torre to leave a cross sitting in the box for senior Angel Morales to send home.
“(Moncada) makes everyone better,” Millikan coach Rod Petkovic said. “He’s not going to miss you, and you don’t have to do much. That was a phenomenal effort against a solid team.”
Moncada scored a goal of his own in the 70th minute from the top of the 18-yard box. The reigning Moore League Player of the Year has a team-high 20 goals and 20 assists this season. Millikan outshot Wilson 11-5 while the Bruins earned six corner kicks.
“We have good chemistry,” Moncada said. “Previous teams here have been individually better, but we are better as a team.”
CABRILLO 6, LAKEWOOD 2
Freshman Arnold Giron scored all six goals for the Jaguars (11-4-5, 3-1-3) who moved into a tie for second place in the Moore League with Lakewood (6-5-1, 4-3-0).
LONG BEACH POLY 2, JORDAN 0
The Jackrabbits (11-4-3, 3-3-1) snapped a three-game losing streak, and won for the first time in five league games.