water polo equipment Gridley High boys soccer team beats Corning to win Northern Section Division II championship
Gridley >> For the second straight year, the Northern Section Division II boys soccer championship came down to the same two teams No. 1 Gridley High and No. 2 Corning. But unlike the 2015 final at Corning, Saturday title match wasn close.
The Bulldogs put together a 2 0 lead at halftime and doubled it by the end of the match, beating Corning 4 0 at home to earn their second straight Division II championship after taking a 1 0 win over Corning a year ago. It was Gridley third straight championship appearance, and it was the third straight year that Corning season has ended at the hands of Gridley.
David Gomez, Eusevio Cervantes and Ernesto Fuentes scored goals in the win for Gridley (15 2 1). Ernie Caudillo manned the goal in the shutout. And coach Jesse Barajas earned the celebration shower from his team after the win, his fourth with Gridley.
feels great. These guys put in a ton of work, and were extremely focused this whole trip, Barajas said. we stepped out two hours before the game, they had it in them. You knew it wasn going to be one of those days where they were going to walk off empty handed. They didn stop there, though. The Bulldogs kept the pressure on, which led to a number of close shots and near misses.
Near the end of the half, the pressure paid off. In an homage to basketball Gomez lobbed a pass to Cervantes, then sprinted down field. Cervantes turned the lob into a header that reached Gomez in stride. The rest was up to the senior. Gomez dribbled his way past a pair of defenders and found the corner of the net to make it a 2 0 lead just before halftime.
play them together so much, they know where to be,
Barajas said. see those trick passes, behind the back without looking, and all of a sudden it looks beautiful. It awesome. fueled the Bulldog offense again in the second half, despite not technically scoring. Gomez was leading the breakaway with a Corning defender close behind when the ball was kicked high, arching over the reach of Corning keeper Fredy Torres and into the net. It was counted as an own goal.
a team, we knew we needed to come out here and keep up the intensity and play as a team, Gomez said after the win. knew if we picked up one goal, we needed to keep pushing it and not give up. 11px;
On the Corning side, it wasn as if the Cardinals merely surrendered. Far from it, actually. Corning (17 4 3) picked up the pace in the second half and had a number of opportunities to score, including a header off a corner kick that missed just wide 20 minutes into the period. The Cardinals played hard in defeat, and that all coach Victor Torres could have asked.
Barajas and the Bulldogs will look forward to next year as well. Gridley will return six or seven players from their main rotation, with battle tested younger players waiting to fill in. It a big responsibility to fill the shoes of seniors like Gomez or Cervantes, but Barajas said the players know what it takes to win,
as evidenced by the past two seasons.