The stage was set: the Jaguar Stadium was lit brightly in the evening for the first time in the school’s history as the boys soccer team faced Agoura in the second round of the CIF division III boys soccer playoffs.
Things were looking good for the Jaguars early on as they maintained possession of the ball offensively and controlling the tempo on defense. The first goal of the match came in the 24th minute on a Barcelona-esque play.
Ontario senior Christopher Peralta placed the ball into the right side of the box for fellow senior teammate Cristian Fernandez who, with a no-look heel pass, then crossed the ball back into the middle of the box where an open Peralta hammered the shot past the keeper’s left and into the net.
The Jaguars continued to apply pressure, but the scoreline remained 1-0 going into the half.
Agoura seemed to regroup as they came out charging in the second half and maintained possession for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
The Chargers scored on a corner kick in the 53rd minute as a wide open shot from Pedro Roson scored the easier header tying up the score.
It only took three minutes for the Chargers to find the net again after Roson intercepted an Ontario pass in the midfield and caught Ontario senior goalkeeper Jazael Ramirez too far off his line, scoring a spectacular shot from 35 yards out.
Ontario, now trailing, began to apply tremendous pressure on an Agoura team that had dug-in defensively to preserve the lead. The Jags put off a total of 8 shots, but to no avail. The biggest chance for Ontario came late as a 25-yard shot from Peralta hit the top crossbar, nearly scoring. Agoura only had two shots, but they made the difference in the game as they both scored.
When the final whistle blew Agoura totaled 5 shots with 2 on goal compared to Ontario’s 16 shots with 4 on goal.
“Unfortunately, in the second half they got those two easy breaks even though we dominated,” expressed first-year Ontario Coach Harry Cruz. “That’s just the game of soccer.”
“I think this year was another rebuild… I expected us to probably do a little bit better and get a little bit further, but it’s one of those things that in CIF things just one day cannot go your way and unfortunately today that happened to us,” Cruz added.
Agoura advanced the third round and lost 0-3 to Pasadena on Friday.
Ontario finished their season with a record of 18-3-2.