Ontario High School boys’ soccer beat rival Montclair in dominating fashion at the Cavalier stadium.
The Jaguars maintained most of the possession throughout the game, keeping the Cavaliers at bay and only allowing outside shots. The Cavaliers had more fouls than shots in the first half, however, both teams entered halftime without scoring.
Ontario built upon momentum created in the second half when a foul just outside the box setup a free kick taken by senior forward Christopher Peralta. Peralta’s free kick was deflected by the goalie, but it was quickly put back in by junior captain Anthony “Papa” Nuñez, giving the Jaguars the lead.
The lead was extended to two goals when Peralta netted a left footed shot from inside the box off of a pass from senior middle Diego Virgen.
The Jaguar offense continued to attack and later scored two goals by way of a penalty kick shot by sophomore winger Miguel Salguero and a low corner shot from senior middle Cristian Fernandez that capped the victory for Ontario.
A sluggish Cavalier team, with aggressive offensive tactics, was not enough to come back from a four goal deficit. The game ended with Ontario winning the game 4-0, one goal coming from a penalty.
“We knew coming into to it [the game] that it was going to be a tough one, even though the scoreline was 4-0, we knew coming into here it was gonna be a really rough atmosphere but the boys played really well,” stated Ontario head coach Harry Cruz after the game.“We are just going to take it one game at a time. Our vision is on our next game.”
“I think we are fairly well [positioned in league], we just want to make sure that we take care of our part, you know, let the other teams drop points and we will get the points that are necessary for us,” expressed Coach Cruz. “At home, we have a big game on Wednesday so we just want to make sure we take care of that.”
Montclair falls to last place in the league with a record of 0-5 and plays away at Colony next Wednesday. In contrast, the key Ontario victory improves their position to second place in the tough Mt. Baldy League with a record of 3-1-1, standing only behind defending league champions the Chaffey Tigers (5-0). This sets up a one versus two match up and a league opener rematch, for what may determine, in the long run, the league champion as Ontario is scheduled to host Chaffey at home this Wednesday.