HIGH SCHOOL-Boys' Soccer
SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
Saturday, March 6
Anaheim Esperanza 4, Bell Gardens 1
Jeff Clark scored two goals as the Aztecs (25-4-2) overwhelmed the Lancers in the Division I final at Cal State Fullerton.
Bell Gardens (18-5-3) had shut out its first four playoff opponents, but Clark gave Esperanza a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game and teammate B.J. Pugmire scored seven minutes later to give the Aztecs a 2-0 advantage.
Esperanza took a 3-0 lead when Matt Kristoff scored on a penalty kick at the 24-minute mark and Clark gave the Aztecs their final margin of victory when he took a long pass from Pugmire and battled his way past two Bell Gardens defenders before beating goalkeeper Pablo Grajeda with a left-footed shot with 12 minutes left in the game.
The victory gave Esperanza its fourth section title and first since the Aztecs tied Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula, 0-0, in the 1996 Division I title game.
Thousand Oaks 1, Loyola 0
Sophomore Jonathan Wessely of Thousand Oaks scored the first goal of his varsity career at the 74-minute mark to give the Lancers a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles Loyola in the Division II championship game of the Southern Section boys' soccer playoffs at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
Wessely, a part-time starter this season, took a pass from Miguel Morales and banged a right-footed shot inside the left post to help top-seeded Thousand Oaks (27-3-3) win its first section title.
"I was pretty confident," Wessely said of his goal. "I was waiting for the ball to come in because all I had to do was slip it in. I looked at the keeper and I saw that the corner was wide open and I knew I had to put it in the corner and that's what I did."
Although Wessely scored the game-winning goal for Thousand Oaks, senior goalkeeper Kenny Negron might have been the Lancers' best player Saturday as he made four spectacular saves during the course of the game. Loyola (26-5-3), which was shooting for its first section title since 1998, did not allow a goal in its first four games of the playoffs.
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