Bryan Duran scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of play as San Marcos High edged former Channel League rival Ventura 2-1 in a boys soccer match at Ventura on Thursday.
Junior Julio Montes set up his senior teammate off a set piece. Montes also scored the tying goal with 15 minutes remaining off a corner kick that ricocheted off several players, striking it solidly into the bottom left corner for San Marcos (8-4-5).
Ventura scored its goal 20 minutes into the first half.
“Julio came into the game halfway through the second half and had an enormous impact,” coach Paul McLean said. “He covered well for us defensively and did an excellent job getting forward with several overlapping runs and crosses.
“He was quick to react to score his goal and played a perfect assist into Duran to finish the game. He was our man of the match, for sure.”
McLean also praised the goalkeeper of sophomore Uli Velez.
The Royals, 2-0 in Channel League play, will resume conference action at Lompoc on Tuesday.
SAN MARCOS 2, VENTURA 1
The Royals beat Ventura 2-1 at home this evening when Senior Bryan Duran scored the game winning goal in the final minute off of a Julio Montes set piece. Montes scored the game tying goal with 15 minutes to go off a corner kick that pinged around amongst a number of players.
“He struck it solidly into the bottom left corner,” . Ventura scored a goal 20 minutes into the first half when the Cougar striker reacted first to a loose ball in the box.
BISHOP DIEGO 64, ORCUTT ACADEMY 47
Matthew Cunningham scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Cardinals to their victory over visiting Orcutt.
Marcus Chan added 11 points while Connor Adams topped Orcutt’s scorers with 14.
“This was one of our best games in terms of energy on both the offensive and defensive ends,” coach James Coronado said. “We just need to sustain it all game.
“The ball was moving much, much better than it has all season and I feel we are at our best when the ball is moving like it did today.”
FILLMORE 75, CARPINTERIA 28
The Flashes jumped out to a 36-14 lead at halftime and never looked back, keeping the Warriors winless at 0-11 overall and 0-2 in league play.
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SANTA PAULA 14, CARPINTERIA 8
The Warriors rallied to within two goals, trailing just 8-6 in the third quarter, before losing to the visiting Cardinals.
Junior Sadie Mead led the rally for Carpinteria (1-2, 1-1 league) with three goals in the third quarter.