Arlington boys’ football team overtakes Roosevelt in SilverLakes Winter Classic final – Press Enterprise
NORCO – The Arlington boys’ soccer team are 2 for 2 in the trophies so far this season.
Diego Retana scored his first college goal in the 60th minute, and Rigoberto Gonzales completed another shutout as Arlington beat Roosevelt 1-0 on Wednesday night to win the first SilverLakes Winter Classic.
“It’s beautiful. It’s a Christmas present,” said Retana, the only senior in the Lions’ starting lineup.
This is the second trophy for the winner of the 2021-22 campaign for the Lions (9-0-3 overall), who won the Citrus Hill Winter Classic title two weeks ago via a penalty shootout.
“Tonight was great and it was exactly what I asked for,” said Arlington coach Kevin Watson. “We needed a big game from our captain. What a fucking goal for him.
Arlington controlled much of the first half on Wednesday, and junior forward Daniel Hernandez fired a pair of shots in the chest of Roosevelt 6-foot-3 goaltender Noah Sponseller.
Sponseller made 4 of his 5 first-half saves for Roosevelt (4-2-3), who put in his best offensive effort on a brief counterattack in the ninth minute, but Yahir Hernandez took the shot right in. above the crossbar.
The Mustangs, who beat Upland and Santiago to reach the tournament final, were eager to attack to start the second half, but Emmanuel Jacobo’s shot off the right post came closest to the team of Nicholas Lopiccolo to put the ball on the frame.
“I felt like we had the momentum in the second half, (but) it was just a good shot (Retana),” said Lopiccolo. “We finally left a gap for them to shoot and they took advantage of it.”
Jose Saldana of Arlington entered the game in the 55th minute and provided an offensive spark, eventually bonded in the midfielder and played the ball towards Retana’s feet for the game-winning goal.
“(Retana) advances from the center back position, chaining to the end and running an 80-yard run,” said Watson. “It was a great goal. What a Christmas present for him.
Retana, who won a 1-on-1 challenge to keep possession of Saldana’s final pass, touched his right to set up an arching shot that flew past Sponseller and into the back of the net.
“That feels good. It’s my first goal in two years, and we defenders don’t score as much, ”said Retana.
Gonzales, who was in goal when the team won the Citrus Hill tournament on Dec. 7, made a save in every half and commanded the young Lions roster which includes seven sophomores and three juniors.