BENICIA — The Vanden High boys soccer team took a huge step toward its first Solano County Athletic Conference title with a 1-0 victory at four-time champion Benicia, Wednesday.
“It was a battle,” Vikings coach Roy Darbison said. “It was a pretty tough game for us.”
The lone goal wasn’t scored until the 74th minute on a header by Santino Atanasov headed off a free kick by Patrick Dazo from 25 yards out.
Vanden (9-0, 6-0 SCAC) also got solid play from forwards Dominiq Laird and Youcef Rezagui, midfielder Jared Vitug, defender Jando Lara and goalkeeper Antonio Ramirez, who had two saves.
The JV match ended in a scoreless draw with Vanden receiving stellar play from midfielder Juan Espinoza and center defensive midfielder Sebastian Torres.
The Vikings return on Monday when they host American Canyon.
Wood 4, Rodriguez 1: At Vacaville, Misael Caballero scored the Mustangs' only goal with about two minutes to play.
Rodriguez (1-9, 0-6 MEL) plays at home against Napa, Monday.
Armijo JV 2, Napa 1: At Armijo, the Indians came back from a one goal deficit for the win. Napa scored first off a breakaway, but minutes later Juan Duran scored from 20 yards out an assist from Eduardo Gomez. Nicholas Bejarano made a penalty kick for the winning goal in the second half. Playing solid defense were Mitchel Nosbisch and Derek Wadsworth and assisting in the back to preserve the win were midfielders Drake Delorefice and Eric Solorio.
Bethel 2, Fairfield 1: At Vallejo, the Falcons' only goal tied the game in the 49th minute on an unassisted goal by Joshua Merino. Goalkeeper Ivan Sanchez had 19 saves but they weren't enough as Bethel scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute.
Fairfield's JV squad won their first game of the season, 5-1. Tyree Lewis scored in the 13th on a Andy Marquez assist, while the next goal came in the 35th when Alexis Avelar scored with an assist from Raphael Robles assist.
Robles would also score an unassisted goal in the 48th minute, while Ricardo Rodriguez scored on a penalty kick. The last goal came from Jaime Villasenor in the 73rd on a Daniel Jiminez assist.
Fairfield High is 2-3-1 in the SCAC and plays at home against Vallejo, Monday.
Napa 1, Armijo 0: At Fairfield, the Indians were only down by one at the half, but the Crushers added two more goals in the second half.
Armijo finished with six shots on goal, with Sebastian Bouchet leading the way with three. He had a fourth that went through the net, but was called back after an offside penalty.
Goalkeeper Hernan Perez finished the game with six saves, while Matthew Gumataotao played one of his better games of the season, giving solid minutes, according to coach Brad Burzynski.
The Indians are 5-5-1 and 2-3-1 in MEL and will play at Vacaville, Monday.