FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area BSOC’ers

GOALKEEPERS 2011-’12

1. Ricardo Ramirez, Hesperia Oak Hills — This two-year starter has allowed just 12 goals in 1,295 minutes this season for unbeaten Bulldogs, a reigning CIF-State semifinalist. Now a 6-foot-1 senior, Ramirez has 12 shutouts through 20 games, and his 0.74 goals-against average and 110 saves are among Inland Area leaders.

2. Sergio Paz, Perris Citrus Hill — The spark that ignited the Hawks to the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 title last season, Paz has built upon that success with a sparkling 0.68 goals-against average and 11 shutouts. The 5-foot-6, 155-pound senior has allowed just nine goals in 1,180 minutes this season.

3. Victor Silva, Moreno Valley Valley View — Perhaps the most diminutive of elite keepers, it’s Silva’s goals-against average (0.50) that’s really timy. Just 5-foot-5 and 125 pounds, this two-year starter has allowed just eight goals in 1,290 minutes, and posted 10 shutouts in 17 appearances this season.

4. Alex Gonzalez, Riverside Arlington — To see him play in person is to be impressed by his length (he’s 6-foot-4) and his youth (only a sophomore). And although Gonzalez has just one shutout and a 1.5 goals-against average, he’s learning valuable lessons, having made 71 saves in 18 games and played 1,335 of a possible 1,360 minutes this season.

AND MORE: Ivan Hernandez, Riverside Arlington — Although he’s playing center forward this season for the Lions, Hernandez was among the very best between the pipes as both a freshman and a sophomore and there’s little reason to think he’s not capable even better performances this season and beyond should he return.

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