Boys Soccer: Lowell continues AAA dominance in win over Balboa

Lowell senior Leo Harrington (right) tries to get the ball past Balboa junior Guillermo Garcia on Thursday at Lowell High School. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

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.

Lowell junior Max Pollard holds off a Balboa defender on Thursday at Lowell High School. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

“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.

Scoring Summary

L: 16th minute — Leo Harrington
L: 37th minute — Carlos Valadez
L: 43rd minute — Cameron Basaing
L: 79th minute — Elijah Alperin

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  1. Maia Krache says:

    I LOVE your coverage of the AAA League — and the other, private school leagues in the Bay Area.
    The one thing I hope you’ll do differently as the season goes on, is to take some pix of what happens on The DEFENSE in soccer:
    There’s certainly drama at Lowell’s goal — showcasing a very competent (though very inexperienced) goalie. Also, the fullback, defensive line for Lowell is as accomplished as the goal scorers up front. When you take — and publish — photos exclusively of Lowell on the attack, you perpetuate the myth that soccer games are won simply by scoring goals. (A misunderstanding that almost every youth soccer player has.)
    But as a youth coach (including at the high school level) I’ll tell you what you probably already know (but don’t take pix of): it doesn’t matter if you score, say — a DOZEN goals — if your defense lets in 13 or more goals, you’re DONE. The game is won at BOTH ends of the field, and I hope you’ll show that by moving your photog down to the Lowell (defensive) half occasionally.
    I have to admit that in addition to being a soccer coach for more than a decade, I’m also the mother of a starter (and one of the Captains) of the Lowell team. Can you guess where on the field he plays?
    Maia Krache

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