By Josh Levine
Led by senior captains Leo Harrington and Carlos Valadez, the Lowell High School cruised to a 4-0 win over visiting Balboa on Thursday to remain undefeated in Academic Athletic Association play.
Valadez and Harrington each had a goal and a assist for the Cardinals (6-0, 6-0), who dominated time of possession throughout.
“I was impressed with our performance,” said Lowell head coach Marcos Estebez. “Leo, Carlos, and Penn [Scoble] really provided us with a lot of support today.”
The Buccaneers (3-2-1, 3-2-1) took only one shot the first half, but got an impressive performance from freshman Carlos Orellano, who started the game at goalkeeper for the Bucs and had five saves.
“Carlos played really well today, and it is a pleasure to know he is only a freshman,” said Balboa head coach Wentworth Houston.
Still, the Cardinals controlled the attack and took 21 shots in the game, nine of which were on goal.
Even though the game was lopsided, Houston was happy with the Bucs’ effort.
“It was a good game for us,” said Houston. “Lowell is a tough team and the team had a mindset that Lowell is better than us. We will learn from today and grow on it in the future.”
With the game already out of reach at 3-0, the Cardinals put in their freshmen and sophomores and got a surprise from Elijah Alperin in the 79th minute.
Alperin, a freshman, lobbed the ball over Orellano’s head, and Orellano attempted to slap the ball away from the net, but the ball deflected off the post and into the net.
L: 16th minute — Leo Harrington
L: 37th minute — Carlos Valadez
L: 43rd minute — Cameron Basaing
L: 79th minute — Elijah Alperin