Boys’ soccer: Hunters on track for title-game redemption

first_imgBell (15-3-5) held Canoga Park scoreless for the first half, but the Hunters (23-0-1) quickly took control in the second half. Omar De La Piedra scored 10 seconds into the half, knocking in a rebound after his initial shot hit the post. Jeffrey Quijano extended the lead to 2-0 when he one-timed a corner kick from Salvador Hernandez in the 60th minute. Camilo Rojas provided the final goal on an assist from Garcia in the 77th minute. Canoga Park, which has lost just four games in the past fourseasons, has a chance to be the first unbeaten team in program history, but the nationally ranked Hunters say all they’ve focused on is playing for the City title that eluded them last year when they were upset by Birmingham of Lake Balboa. “It’s a real big relief,” Gwin said of heading to the final. “It’s one thing to win when you’re a surprise, it’s another to carry it out and do it for the whole year when everyone expects you to. … We have a lot of blood, sweat and tears left out on that field at East L.A. College. We are going to be looking for redemption.” The shutout was the 16th of the season and sixth in a row for the Hunters, who defeated San Fernando 3-0 in the season opener. Top-seeded Canoga Park defeated visiting Bell, the No. 4 seed, 3-0 in the semifinals to advance to Saturday’s final against No.2 seed San Fernando at East Los Angeles College. “We’ve been working so hard to get here,” Hunters senior midfielder Rafael Garcia said. “To win, that would be all of our dreams come true. We felt it was ours last year and for whatever reason we didn’t get it done. We get another chance and it’s ours for the taking.” The Canoga Park High boys’ soccer team hoisted coach Jake Gwin on its shoulders and later poured the contents of the water cooler over his head. The Hunters hope that was just practice for Saturday. Canoga Park has waited a year to avenge last season’s loss in the City Section final, and on Wednesday the Hunters secured their chance for redemption. center_img “We can’t let up at all,” Garcia said. “We’d be dumb to think we’re favored, we can’t play like that, not after what happened last year.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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