Prep Preview: Rancho Verde at Valley View

I’m covering the Moreno Valley Rancho Verde-Moreno Valley Valley View boys varsity soccer game today for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.pe.com. The best part of this assignment is getting my first look at Valley View’s boys soccer team, the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 2 champions.

THE LOW DOWN:
It’s the Inland Valley League opener, and both teams enter with vastly different early-season results.

ranchoverdeLOGORancho Verde (2-2-2 overall) has yet to win a game in the month of December, going 0-2-1 in its last three games after posting a 2-0-1 mark in November. Senior keeper Bryan Marchan posted two clean sheets in Games No. 2 and 3 but the Mustangs have been outscored 9-3 in three games since. Junior midfielder/forward Victor Martinez scored a brace and had an assist in a 3-0 victory over Hemet West Valley on Nov. 29, the Mustangs’ lone dominant display this season. Coach Steve Brockman’s team has been outscored 7-9 to date.

valleyviewLOGOValley View (8-1-0 overall) has won six consecutive since dropping its only game (4-2 to Rialto Eisenhower in pool play at the Rancho Cucamonga HS Tournament) on Nov. 28. The Eagles have scored an Inland Area-best 23 goals, having netted four or more goal in two of their last three games. Senior attacking mid Jason Goicochea, a returning starter, leads the teams with six goals, and has had 11 others players score around him to help carry the load. Coach John Kush continues to rotate three goalkeepers, so we’ll see who is inbetween the pipes today.

STARTING XIs
Rancho Verde
— GK: Bryan Marchan, Sr.; D: Carlos Mendoza, Sr.; Francisco Bautista, Sr.; Alexis Gandara, Jr.; MF: Nathaniel Lopez, Sr.; Alex Arteaga, Sr.; Michael Najar, Sr.; Fernando Florez, Sr.; Anthony Williams, Sr.; F: Freddy Covarubbias, Sr.; Victor Martinez, Jr.

Valley View — GK: Javier Solis, Jr.; D: Jose Meza, Sr.; David Saldivar, Sr.; Javier Ortega, Sr.; Christian Escalera, Soph.; MF: Jason Goicochea, Sr.; Calvin Lopez, Sr.; Alex Hernandez, Jr.; Johny Menjivar, Jr.; F: Jeffrey Trujillo, Jr.; Oswaldo Hernandez, Jr.

THE DIFFERENCE:
Valley View’s experience and depth of scoring talent. The Eagles may not have as many senior players, but there’s no substiture for experience, especially championship experience.
THE FINAL SCORE: Valley View 3, Rancho Verde 1

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