The Ontario boys varsity soccer team beat the Summit SkyHawks, 2-0, in their final game before hosting the Ontario Cup tournament next week.
Coach Harry Cruz looked for his Ontario team to improve from what had been a shaky first couple of games.
“I think they did a lot better today. Still, I know we’re not quite there where I know we could be,” explained the second-year coach.
“For the most part, I think, it was an okay game today. It was, like I said, nowhere near where I know we can be, but we’re getting there slowly,” he reiterated.
The Jaguars definitely showed much improvement from the previous two games. In the first half they were able to maintain the majority of the possession and found success when applying steady pressure on the SkyHawks. Ontario had five shots in the first half.
The Jags were able to put one away for a goal when senior Hugo Ramos faked an open shot to goal from the top of the box and instead played it into senior forward Marco Bernal. Bernal made the run from the right side of the box and put it past the keeper to open up the score.
Ontario continued to dominate in the second half, but the SkyHawks were able to create some chances. Their best chance came when, junior Justin Aubert’s shots traveled by goalkeeper Jesus Alpizar and deflected off of the left post.
Edgar Vargas sealed the victory for Ontario as he finished an easy goal from an assist by Bernal. Vargas in in spectacular form as he has found the net six times in only three games.
“I think that we started a little bit slow… we’ve looked a little bit better,” said the Jags’ top scorer after the game.
“Well, I’m happy I can get the ball behind the net still. That’s what everybody wants to do,” said Vargas in regard to his top form.
The victory over the SkyHawks was the team’s first clean sheet this year as they had conceded five goals in the previous two games.
Cruz will now prepare his side for next week as the hose the Ontario Cup tournament.
“I really look forward to it. It’s going to be the first tournament that we host. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now.”
Tournament play will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. at Jaguar Stadium on Tuesday as Ontario takes on the Norco Cougars.