Wildcats Score Two League Wins

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Brawley Union High's Braulio Guzman kicks a free kick during a game against Calipatria High on Thursday in Brawley. Photo by: Gus Garcia
Brawley Union High’s Braulio Guzman kicks a free kick during a game against Calipatria High on Thursday in Brawley. Photo by: Gus Garcia

The Brawley Union High Soccer squad started Imperial Valley League play last week  with a nail biter, hosting Holtville High at Warne field on a rainy Tuesday night.

After going down a goal early, Wildcat forward Braulio Guzman tied things up late in the first half with a shot from outside the box.

In the second half, Holtville again took the lead, only to jumpstart a Wildcat offense, though it failed to score despite attack after attack.

Late in the match with less than two minutes of stoppage time left, Brawley’s Willy Rubio was finally able to put his head to a cross and level the match at 2-2, where it found its finish.

“We showed a lot of character, being down twice on the scoreboard and finding a way to tie the game,” said Brawley head soccer coach Frank Felix of the Tuesday night thriller against Holtville.

On Thursday, the Wildcats were on the road at Calipatria High’s Veterans’ Field taking on the Calipatria Hornets.

Again the Wildcats attacked, this time early, but could not find the goal in the final third. Late in the first half, Steven Guzman provided a perfectly timed header on a corner kick to give Brawley a 1-0 lead heading to the half.

In the second, freshman Guiellermo Campista scored his first goal of his varsity career putting the Wildcats up 2-0.

Braulio Guzman added yet another goal to his season tally, and Alonso Guzman capped the Brawley scoring to give a 4-1 Wildcat victory.

Leading the way defensively was goalkeeper Daniel Trucios and defender/sweeper Alexis Villegas, who also provides an attacking presence with his dribbling and long passes.

“Our team defense also played well,” added Felix on the soccer week.

Up next the Wildcats will travel to Blythe to play Palo Verde Valley High on Jan. 12 and then to Imperial High Friday night. Both matches are part of IVL league play.