Tigers put Huskies on ice

San Jacinto Boys Soccer defeated Riverside’s John W. North on Tuesday, 2-0 SJ

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
The Tigers pose for a group photo having defeated JW North 2-nil on December 20.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

On a color wheel, blue and orange are known as complimentary colors. But on the soccer field, they are very much known as analogous colors. That’s what San Jacinto High School fans saw as their orange-clad soccer boys took on Riverside’s John W. North High School, who were dressed in blue for the Dec. 19 match, last Tuesday. Several dozen Tiger fans were present, in stark contrast to fans of the Huskies, none of whom were present–yeah, their stands were empty. Then again, it was a little cool outside.
The first half saw both teams keeping a sharp eye on each other, but Jose Marquez saw his way through the Huskies’ defense and brought in a goal for the Tigers in the first 15 minutes. There was a small bit of conflict on the field between a referee and JW North’s player #9 about 30 minutes in, who received a yellow card for his behavior. Perhaps it was a good thing that no Husky fans saw it.
Thirteen minutes into the second half, Aldair Alvarez would bring the Tigers’ count to 2-nil. From there, the two teams would stay on each others’ trails right up to the final whistle. The evening indeed belonged to San Jacinto.
David Kubotsu, head soccer coach for San Jacinto, says he’s proud of how his Tigers came together.
“They put forth a pretty good effort today,” said Kubotsu. “They had opportunities to score, so it was a good team win. Their coach [Tad Barton] had kinda told me [that] some of his guys were gone on break and a couple guys were missing. So they were not really all that complete tonight. I thought they still played well; they were good on the ball.”
More importantly, it was good for Kubotsu to see his old coach again.
“It’s always good to see Coach [Barton],” added Kubotsu, who admits tonight’s competition were “classy,” despite not making it on the scoreboard.
This match brings the Tigers’ record to 2-6-1, while the Huskies round out to 1-6-2. The Tigers now get to rest up and enjoy their New Year’s celebrations before making their way to Riverside’s Patriot High on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

[NOTE: The Huskies’ team roster was not available at the time of publication.]

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