Los Angeles Soccer: Hartnell College

JC: Mt. SAC makes it three in a row

December, 4, 2011
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Danny Amaya scored what his coach called “the most beautiful goal you could imagine,” and it brought Mt. San Antonio College riches well beyond what it ever imagined.

Amaya's goal midway through the second half Sunday afternoon delivered a third successive state community college men's soccer title to the Mounties (22-0-3), who extended their unbeaten streak to 38 games with a 1-0 triumph over Hartnell (19-3-3) in Sacramento.

Amaya tallied on a 25-yard blast to the upper-corner, in off the top of the post, and Mt. SAC, from Walnut, used solid play at the back to close out its 14th shutout of the season and sixth in the last seven games.

“You know what? It's awesome,” Juan Sanchez, who has guided the Mounties to four successive state final fours, told ESPN Los Angeles. “It's kind of like a dream. To win the first one was very difficult, No. 2 was very hard, and now No. 3 is just -- there's now words that can describe the feelings.”

The Mounties were favored from the season's start after returning several pivotal players from the group that beat College of the Canyons in last year's final. They're ranked No. 1 in the national polls, and that means something to them because California junior colleges aren't involved in the NJCAA national championships.

“Hopefully, we'll get the mythical national title,” Sanchez said. “That was one of our goals. Last year we won the state championship and finished third [in the national poll], and we want to get it this year.”

Mt. SAC had more possession in an otherwise even battle, repeatedly penetrating through Amaya (Rialto/Marshall HS) and top scorer Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS). Hartnell, from Salinas, struck a post early in the second half and nearly netted an equalizer, by Max Estrada, in the final moments.

WOMEN: Santiago Canyon falls in OT

Cara Curtin scored four times to lead Santa Rosa Junior College in a cat-and-mouse women's final in Sacramento, netting the decisive goal with 30 seconds to go in overtime for a 4-3 triumph over Santiago Canyon.

The Bear Cubs (20-1-3), who had lost in three previous state title games, had rallied on a late Curtin penalty kick to force overtime but saw Santiago Canyon, from Orange, overcome one deficit in overtime.

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JC: Mt. SAC geared for three-peat

December, 2, 2011
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Mt. San Antonio College is 90 minutes from a third straight state community college men's soccer championship after battering the City College of San Francisco in a semifinal Friday in Sacramento.


The Walnut-based Mounties, ranked No. 1 in the nation, extended their unbeaten streak to 37 games with a 2-0 trumph at Cosumnes River College and will face Hartnell (19-2-3), from Salinas, in Sunday's title game.

Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS) provided a 37th-minute lead with his 20th goal of the season -- and 34th in two seasons for the Mounties -- and Edgar Padilla (Baldwin Park/Baldwin Park HS) added his 13th in the 76th.

Mt. SAC (21-0-3) takes a seven-game winning streak, the last four by shutout, into the match with Hartnell, which romped to a 3-0 win over Santa Barbara City College (18-2-4) as Max Estrada netted a pair of goals.

The Mounties lost to Cerritos in the 2008 state final, then beat Taft in 2009 and College of the Canyons last year.

In women's action:
  • Valerie Barrios (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) and Jennifer Martin (La Mirada/Sunny Hills HS) scored first-half goals to lead Santiago Canyon (22-2-1) to a 2-0 victory over San Francisco (20-2-2) and into Sunday's final. The Hawks won titles in 2006 and 2009 and lost in the 2007 final.
  • Cypress' bid for a third state title ended against Santa Rosa (19-1-3), which received first-half goals from Erica Cunningham and Cara Curtin for a 2-0 semifinal victory. The Bear Cubs are in their third final in four years after falling to Cerritos in 2008 and San Bernardino Valley last year. Cypress finishes at 14-5-5.

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JC: Mt. SAC survives delay, back in final four

November, 26, 2011
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Mt. San Antonio College will again have a chance to defend its state championship, but getting there took longer than expected.


The Mounties (20-0-3), winners of the past two state community college men's soccer champions, needed 5 hours Saturday to pull out a 2-0 triumph over visiting Oxnard (15-2-6) in a Southern California Regional final and claim a spot in their fifth straight California final four.

The game, which began at 2 p.m., was delayed for nearly four hours after a nearby gas leak forced an evacuation on the Mt. SAC campus in Walnut.

Javier Castro (Pomona/International Poly HS) scored early for Mt. SAC, the nation's No. 1-ranked non-scholarship JC team, and Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS) netted his 19th of the season after the break.

The game was halted in the 38th minute, with Mt. SAC ahead, 1-0, when a Mt. SAC equipment manager accidentally drove a campus cart into an “old gas tank” adjacent to the soccer field, Mounties coach Juan Sanchez said. The area was cleared, the gas company summoned, the torn line repaired, and play started anew at about 6:15. The game ended a little before 7:30.

“It was one of those weird games,” Sanchez said. “They were all over us just before it happened -- they had just hit the post and were attacking us. ... We wanted to finish it [Saturday], because if we had to play later, we'd have to start over, and we would have lost our advantage.”

Mt. SAC will face City College of San Francisco (19-4-2), a 3-0 winner at Los Altos Hills-based Foothill, in a state semifinal Friday afternoon at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

In other men's action:
  • Duran Stanley and Rodrigo Perez scored overtime goals to lift Santa Barbara City College (18-1-4) to a 2-0 victory over visiting Golden West (13-6-4), from Huntington Beach. The Vaqueros will face Hartnell (18-2-3), from Salinas, in Friday's semifinals.

WOMEN: Cypress topples San Bernardino Valley on PKs

CYPRESS -- Michelle Mendez came off the bench at the end of overtime and made two saves in the penalty-kick shootout to lead Cypress College back to the state final four after a four-year absence.

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