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Guards need a lot more in 12-0 loss

Jeff Tully

Zaven Dedeian was a blur on the field for the Bellarmie-Jefferson

High boys’ soccer team in a Santa Fe League match against L.A.

Salesian.

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The junior not only spent time trying to create scoring

opportunities from his forward spot, but he also patrolled the

midfield and gave the Guards help in the defense.

However, Bell-Jeff would have needed five or six more Dedeians to

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defeat the high-scoring Mustangs Monday, as the Guards went down to a

12-0 defeat at Woodbury University.

Dedeian, a junior who leads the team with eight goals, tried to

put his skills to work against Salesian, which is ranked No. 2 in CIF

Southern Section Division V. However, his tactical dribbling ability,

his booming kicks and his wealth of speed were only minor

distractions to Salesian.

“I just try and do all that I can for my team when I’m out on the

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field,” said Dedeian, who plays for the Foothill Flyers club team in

the offseason. “I try and work as hard as I can and I try to create

goals, for me, and my teammates.”

For Bell-Jeff (3-10, 3-6 in league) Coach Luigi Argento, Dedeian’s

play and dedication to the team have been some of the few highlights

this season for a team that has struggled at times.

“Zaven does everything well, and there isn’t anything he can’t do

on the field,” Argento said. “He has very good skills and he is a

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leader on the field.”

Against Salesian (19-2-1, 9-0-1) -- which has scored 123 goals in

22 matches and averages 5.8 goals a contest -- Argento had to deal

with a depleted squad and had no substitutes on the bench.

“Four of my players just didn’t show up for the game,” Argento

said. “On the field, I had one guy who has asthma, one who has

allergies and one who is sick. It’s just terrible that we have to

play like this.”

At halftime, with the Mustangs leading, 6-0, Argento even asked

the officials if some of the Bell-Jeff girls’ soccer players -- who

had just finished their practice adjacent to the field -- could enter

the game to give some of the Guard players a rest.

The request was denied.

With all 11 Bell-Jeff players on the field for the entire 80

minutes, it only made things easier for the Mustangs, as Salesian

scored almost a will.

Fabian Plasencia and Michael Padilla both scored three goals each.

Padilla has 34 goals this season.

“We knew coming into the game that [Salesian] was going to be a

very good team and they were probably going to score a lot of goals,”

Argento said. “I told my players just to go out there and play. I

told them ‘Don’t worry, just do your best.’ ”

The Guards were able to manage just two shots on goal.

Bell-Jeff goalkeepers Jose Diaz and Anthony Lombardo were kept

busy, as they combined for 16 saves. Lombardo, playing in goal for

the first time, made some good saves and actually kept the Mustangs

from running up the score even more.


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