Boys Soccer: Hawks and Miners too close to call

Jermaine Johnson II

El Diamante and Mission Oak ended their matched in a 0-0 tie

TULARE – El Diamante and Mission Oak seemed to have met their match. Even with an overtime period, neither team could score on the other as they ended in a 0-0 tie last Tuesday.

It was a perfect game for those who love a good defensive battle. Both defenses held their ground with several amazing saves from both sets of goalies. The excitement was still present for those who appreciate a game with a lot of goal scoring. Although neither team found the back of the net, the shots on goal were abundant with several that narrowly missed the net. There was a point late in regulation where the Miners had a corner kick and were able to hit the crossbar twice yet still couldn’t score.

After the game, both coaches were optimistic and content with their team’s performance. It was the third game of the season for El Diamante who came in 0-2. According to head coach Agustin Gonzalez, his team gave up some sloppy goals early on in their first two games, which became a point of emphasis in practice. They went from being outscored 9-3 in those matches to not allowing a goal in their third, which Gonzalez considers a step in the right direction as they get ready for their league games beginning on April 13 at Porterville.

“Everything we talked about, we worked on and we did it in the game, except for [scoring] goals,” he said. “We had our chances, they had their chances, and I was proud of the boys for being able to keep the ball out of the net [for Mission Oak].”

They carried their momentum over to their next game last Friday as they defeated Farmersville at home 3-2. They’ll play again tonight at 6 p.m. at Monache.

Mission Oak entered the game with a 1-1 record and were coming off a 4-2 win against San Joaquin Memorial. They hadn’t had any issues scoring points as they lost 5-3 in their opener at Dinuba. The fatigue from a tough overtime matchup may have carried over to their next game as they went on to lose 16-0 against Golden West two days later. They had the weekend to rest up as their next match was last night against Redwood, which began after press time. They’ll play again tonight at 6 p.m. as they host Washington Union.

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