FAIRFIELD — Steward Pimienta scored on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute as the unbeaten Vanden High boys soccer team opened Solano County Athletic Conference play with its first victory ever over Benicia, a 3-2 win at George A. Gammon Field, Monday.
The Vikings (4-0-0) netted the first two goals, a 60-yard free kick by Jando Lara in the eighth minute, and an unassisted tally by Patrick Dazo in the 36th minute.
Benicia tied it with goals in the 42nd and 69th minutes before Pimienta, who was pushed from behind by a Benicia player to draw the penalty, booted home the penalty on the left side of the goal.
According to Vanden coach Roy Darbison, the Vikings got solid defensive play from Riley Pedro and Enrique Dega, and dazzling midfield work from Eddie Torres.
The junior varsity match ended in a 1-1 draw with Benicia scoring in the 13th minute, Vanden (1-1-1) countering with an own goal in the 57th minute.
The tying tally came off a corner kick by Paul Peña that hit off a Panthers player.
Armijo 2, Napa 2: At Napa, short-handed Armijo opened defense of its MEL title by getting a goal from Oscar Fraire in the closing seconds on the seventh minute of stoppage time to earn a tie with the host Indians.
After a scoreless first half, Armijo’s Jacob Less drew a red card for a hard tackle four minutes in the second. Napa took advantage with goals in the 53rd and 60th minutes.
Armijo responded with its first goal, a tally by Zach Horton off a Fraire corner kick.
With Napa suffering numerous injuries late in the game, the referee first put up five minutes of stoppage time and then added two more.
The visitors were ready.
“Oscar flicked it into the top corner of the goal with literally no time left,” said Armijo coach Brad Burzynski, who also praised the midfield play of Braden Martinez.
Armijo won the JV match 2-1 to improve to 3-0.
Armijo (3-2-1) hosts Vacaville on Wednesday.
Wood 4, Rodriguez 1: At Fairfield, the Mustangs (1-4) got a goal from Misael Caballero off an assist from Tyler Whitted in the 39th minute, but couldn’t make it stand up.
The Wildcats took control with goals in the 45th, 48th, 54th and 79th minutes.
The Mustangs JV team (0-2) suffered a similar fate, getting a first-half goal from Isaac Diaz on an assist from Alvez Cervantes-Arnold in 39th minute, only to have the Wildcats prevail 3-1.
Rodriguez next plays at Napa on Wednesday.
Fairfield 3, Bethel 3: At Vallejo, the Falcons (0-2-1) took the lead three times only to have the Jaguars tie it three times in their SCAC opener.
Joshue Merino opened the scoring for Fairfield with a goal in the seventh minute assisted by Miguel Avila.
After Bethel tied it in the 18th minute, Avila scored in the 34th minute on an assist by Merino.
Bethel found the net again in the 37th minute, making it 2-2 at the half.
Fairfield took its last lead in the 64th minute when a breakaway cross by Malcom Tyson went off a Bethel defender for an own goal.
The lead didn’t last long as the Jaguars tied it in the 72nd minute.
The Fairfield JV team lost 2-1, though it made things interesting with a goal by Rafael Robles in the 78th minute.
Fairfield plays at Vallejo on Wednesday.