By Bonta Hill
Mission High School scored three second-half goals in an eight minute span to blow open a tightly contested affair as the Bears overwhelmed Jordan 4-1 on Thursday at Mission High School.
It was the Bears’ (11-5-3, 8-1-0) seventh consecutive AAA victory.
Josue Rosales, playing out of position as a midfielder, led the Bears with two goals, scoring in the 21st and 44th minutes. Mission would score three unanswered goals in the second half to break open a 1-1 tie and hand the Jaguars (6-1-1, 6-1-1) their first league loss.
Nery Martinez and Edilzar Juarez scored the other two goals as Mission overcame the loss of three starters, who missed action due to violating team rules.
Mission dominated possession throughout and wore down the Jaguars over the course of the game.
Jordan did have a bright spot and broke through early in the second half as forward Cesar Martinez had the play of the day.
Martinez dribbled through four Bear defenders down the left side of the field, and created enough space to shoot past diving senior goalkeeper Jose Guevara-Fuentes, briefly giving Jordan momentum four minutes into the second half.
Mission though responded just seconds later as Martinez took a pass down the left sideline and bent a shot over the head of Jaguar goalkeeper Christian Martinez to put Mission up for good.
M: 21st minute — Josue Rosales
J: 44th minute — Cesar Martinez
M: 44th minute –Nery Martinez
M: 48th minute — Rosales
M: 52nd minute — Edilzar Juarez