BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High soccer programs continued their respective marches towards Imperial Valley play, as the girls soccer squad took first place at the Martha Arroyo Memorial Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Holtville, and the boys squad drew 0-0 on the road at West Shores High School.
“We came out flat against West Shores. We couldn’t capitalized on numerous opportunities on goal,” said Brawley boys soccer head coach Frank Felix.
“We created shot after shot on goal but no one could put the ball in the back of the net. We will work on that aspect of the game,” added Frank Felix.
The boys squad now sits at 2-1-1, with its only loss being a close 2-1 defeat against Cathedral City High School. A game-tying goal from Alonso Valenzuela was disallowed due to a close offside call, giving Brawley it’s first L of the season. Up next, the Wildcats will have a busy week as they head to Xavier Prep Monday, followed by another road game against Christian High School, before hosting Vincent Memorial high on Friday, it’s third game of the week.
The lady Wildcat squad saw the field four times in two days this past weekend in Holtville for the Martha Arroyo Memorial Tournament. There, Brawley earned victories over Vincent Memorial (5-0), Holtville (2-0) and a penalty kick victory over Imperial in the semi-final, led by goalkeeper Julie Rodriguez’s four blocked shots in the shootout.
In the finals, the lady Wildcats defeated Desert Mirage 2-1 to take first place in the tournament. They now stand with only one loss in nine games into the season at 6-1-2. Up next they will be on the road against Monte Vista Tuesday night and then back home to host Vincent Memorial on Thursday.
Later in the week, Brawley hosted Palo Verde in another IVL matchup in which both teams were searching for their first IVL win of the season. After a back and forth in the first 30 minutes of the play, the Wildcats eventually found the goal they had been searching for, as senior Braulio Guzman put away a chance just before halftime giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
I’m the second half, the Wildcats would continue their groove, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Two by Guzman and one by fellow senior Jonathan Campista. The first would come five minutes into the second half. Campista would add one of his own just two minutes later, and Guzman would again score less than a minute after the restart. Guzman would add another goal before the end of the match giving him four total on the night, and giving Brawley their first IVL win of the season (1-1-1 in IVL).
“We started a bit slow in the first half and only capitalized on one goal from numerous shots on goal,” said Brawley head coach Frank Felix.
“I was pleased with how we were able to find the back of the net and the opportunities we created,” said Felix.
Up next the Wildcats will host the Imperial tigers Tuesday night witch first kick slated for 6 p.m. Palo Verde (0-3 in IVL) will host South West high on Tuesday with a scheduled 6 p.m. start time.