Boys Soccer: Hawks close in on EYL crown

Mission Oak heads into final game with at least a share of the league title

TULARE – In recent years, the East Yosemite League (EYL) championship has alternated between two schools and the story is the same this season. Mission Oak has regained their throne as kings of the EYL as their 6-0-1 record has them in position to earn at least a share of the league championship for the first time since 2017-2018.

Mission Oak is enjoying a dominant season with a 9-2-2 overall record. They’ve outscored EYL opponents 20-3, with shutouts in five of seven games. Their lone tie came against Tulare Union, the same team that dethroned the Hawks after their last EYL championship. The cross-town rivals have gone back and forth in the EYL over the last eight years. Since the 2013-2014 season, they are the only two teams to have won the league title.

The slight edge has gone to Tulare Union, the reigning back-to-back champions who have won four of the last seven. The other three titles went to Mission Oak. This year, the battle is close once again. The Hawks played their last EYL game against the Tribe last night after press time. If they won, they solidified another league championship. If Tulare Union wins, they have a chance to share the crown as long as they defeat their other cross-town rivals, Tulare Western, in their final game tomorrow at 6 pm. They’ll be looking for revenge as their lone league loss came against the Mustangs on April 27.

The Tribe are also enjoying another strong season with a 11-2-2 overall record, and 4-1-1 league record. They’ve outscored EYL opponents 23-6 led by two players who are among the top goal scorers in the Central Section. According to MaxPreps, senior Jesus Enriquez is in the top 10 with 19 goals scored and sophomore Jose Sandoval is in the top 15 with 15 goals scored.

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