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first_img2. Hart11-2-01 Upset by Quartz Hill in Hart tournament quarterfinals. 3. Westlake6-1-23 Hoping to be well rested, not rusty after 20-day layoff. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 6. Sylmar11-1-46 Benjamin Martin leading large group of scorers. 7. Hoover10-2-07 Begins Pacific League play Tuesday against Pasadena. 8. Burroughs7-2-28 Hoping to avoid repeat of last seasons slow start in league. 9. Crespi8-5-0NR Buena tournament champion. tab!10. Saugus7-5-2NR Slow starters getting stronger with return to health. 4. Palmdale11-0-34 PKs keeping Falcons out of tournament finals 5. El Camino Real12-2-15 Tuning up for league with wins in Hawaii. center_img SEVEN-DAY FORECASTPotential hero Senior forward William Gutierrez leads the Rio Mesa of Oxnard boys with 11 goals in 10 games. Another big game from Gutierrez today against defending Pacific View League champion Pacifica of Oxnard would help put the Spartans in good position in the league race after last season’s second-place finish. Boys’ game of the week Westlake at Newbury Park, Wednesday, 6 p.m. The defending Marmonte League champion Warriors return from a lengthy break by facing this season’s early league leader. HE’S A KEEPER Last week, San Fernando won its first tournament in three tries this season and the Tigers say the victory coincided with the return of senior goalkeeper Jose Salmeron. Salmeron, who had been academically ineligible, was in goal Thursday when San Fernando shut out Saugus 2-0 in the championship game of the Hart of Newhall tournament. “He gets my vote for MVP,” San Fernando coach Francis Melendez said. In addition to making some spectacular plays in the second half of the final, in which he shared goalkeeping duties with Orlando Cardenas, Salmeron came up big in the semifinals. After a scoreless tie forced the semifinal against undefeated Palmdale to be decided on penalty kicks, Salmeron blocked two shots during the shootout, which the Tigers won by one. “Our scorers get most of the attention,” Melendez said. “They’re good, they deserve it, but Jose has been great. He’s my tournament MVP.” Salmeron is part of a stingy Tigers defense that has held opponents to 11 goals in 17 games. TALENT OVERFLOW On a team with two returning goalkeepers, freshman Andre Yanez has managed to get most of the starts in the net for Burroughs of Burbank. “He has been pretty consistent,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. But senior Kevin Cadenas and junior Tony Castro are talented options, leaving Kodama with a difficult decision regarding playing time. “That’s basically how it is with out the whole team,” Kodama said. We’re so deep. Whoever is hot is who’s in. We have a lot of good players.” The Indians depth is evident in leading scorer Justin Zepedas’ relatively low total of seven goals. Carlos Navarro is close behind in a lineup in which nine different players have scored. With an abundance of skilled players, the Indians expect to contend in their final season in the Foothill League. Burroughs, with 12 returnees, has already matched its win total of a year ago when the Indians did not qualify for the postseason. This season’s 7-2-2 record marks Burroughs’ best start since 1992-93 (8-2-1). BOYS’ LEAGUE UPDATES FOOTHILL Saugus, the Hart of Newhall tournament runner-up, wasn’t the Foothill’s only team finding a positive last week. Valencia matched last season’s victory total by defeating La Salle 3-1 in a consolation game. Valencia’s only victory last season was by forfeit. The Vikings have a new coach, Tony Scalercio, and Irvin Quinonez leads the team in scoring. Hart of Newhall senior forward Matt Valaika enters Friday’s league opener with 25 goals in 13 games, three shy of the school record and two short of his league-leading total from last season. FREEWAY Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies is used to holding its own against fellow magnet schools, but the Knights found success on a larger scale last week. Even though it was against a junior varsity lineup, SOCES’s 2-1 victory Friday over Monroe of North Hills JV entry in the Monroe Tournament ranks as one of the Knights biggest accomplishments. Coach Mark Sobel said, the victory win was only the second in program history against a large school, and first in 10 years. “All the other schools (at the tournament) have 3,000-plus students,” said Sobel, whose school has about 800 students. We want the challenge. We want to be able to play on the same field as the regular-sized schools.” MISSION After a slow start, St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge appears back in its form of perennial contender. The Golden Knights finished third at last week’s Buena Tournament in Ventura, then opened league Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over Alemany of Mission Hills. Sophomore forward Nick Posthuma, a first-year varsity player, provided two goals and an assist in the victory that improved St. Francis to 5-6-2. The Golden Knights have yet to play with senior standout Scott Stephens who was recovering from a football injury and this week is visiting colleges. Despite graduating several players from last season’s Div. II co-champion lineup Loyola of Los Angeles doesn’t appear ready to make things any easier on Mission opponents this year. The Cubs are on a hot streak that includes four consecutive shutouts last week at the West Coast Classic. VALLEY MISSION Sylmar claimed its second tournament championship of the season. The Spartans, who started the season by winning the Brandt Burroughs Tournament, won the Locke/Jordan tournament by defeating Jefferson on Friday in a game that was decided on penalty kicks. League play begins next week. Kennedy of Granada Hills and Monroe of North Hills are semifinalists in the Monroe tournament. The final is noon Saturday at Monroe. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more