The battle of Spring Valley continues with varsity boys’ soccer

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Since inception, the Mount Miguel Matadors and Monte Vista Monarchs battled in all athletics, and both continue to achieve greatness. Most recently, success came in soccer.

“It is always fun this year to go out and play, as all of the teams in league play are competitive,” said Monte Vista head coach Kyle Hewitt. “This feat was a constant battle from start to finish.”

Since inception, the Mount Miguel Matadors and Monte Vista Monarchs battled in all athletics, and both continue to achieve greatness. Most recently, success came in soccer.

“It is always fun this year to go out and play, as all of the teams in league play are competitive,” said Monte Vista head coach Kyle Hewitt. “This feat was a constant battle from start to finish.”

For Monte Vista it was a tale of two halves. Monarchs came out firing on all cylinders—attacking quickly and constantly. Mount Miguel, however, is not a group of slackers. Going into this contest, Mount Miguel (8 wins, 4 losses and two ties) overall and (0-1) in league play, while Monte Vista (5 wins, 2 losses and three ties) were equal.

Monte Vista starter Abraham Baca scored the only goal of the game early in the first half, on a beautiful assist from fellow teammate, freshman David Valencia. Key stats, Baca has 9 points, 4 goals, and 1 assist on the season so far. Two minutes into the second half of play, Mount Miguel’s Jose Peraza kicked a laser into the Monte Vista net to tie the game.

“We were caught sleeping and they scored,” said Hewitt.

The contest continued for the rest of the game as a mostly defensive battle. A great save came towards the end of the battle, when goalkeeper Gilberto Jimenez came charging out of the box, a one-on-one matchup against the Matador’s driving forward, and a collision resulted in a broken leg for Peraza. It caused a long delay, but ended in a tie. Peraza was voted player of the game because of the intense pressure applied to the Monte Vista offense.

All-time records for each club-Monte Vista 54-51-5, and Mount Miguel 51-54-5. Two extremely talented clubs that should see postseason action.

“The biggest accomplishment so far for myself and my assistant coach, was beating Granite Hills on our turf,” said Hewitt. “Since we both played at Granite in our younger years.”

Up next for the Monarchs, a home game on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Mount Miguel at Bonita Vista at 5:30 p.m. Bonita Vista was beaten by Monte Vista earlier this season.

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