Prep Preview: Norco vs. Fontana

I’m covering the Norco-Fontana boys varsity soccer game today, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Kickoff is set for 10:30 a.m. PT.

The best part of this assignment is it’s the final of the Riverside Poly HS Tom Tilson Holiday Classic.

NorcoLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
Norco (6-4-1 overall) are making its first appearance in a Tilson Cup final. The Cougars defeated La Quinta in PKs in the quarterfinals, and edged Rialto, 1-0, in the semifinals to get here. Junior GK Aaron Servin, a transfer from MoVal Valley View, anchors a defense already buoyed by talented junior Eric Serrano. Rumor has it that the team is filled with mostly Corinthians players, which would at least partially explain Servin’s joining and their early-season success.

FontanaLOGOFontana (10-1-3 overall) put on a display yesterday, disposing of Riverside King, 2-0, in the quarterfinals, and Vista Murrieta, 3-0, in the semifinals. The Steelers, last year’s Tilson Cup champions, have outscored opponents 11-1 so far in reaching the final for the second consecutive season. Senior MF/F Santiago Gomez had two goals in the quarterfinals, and junior GK Daniel Fabila has posted three of his five shutouts this season at this tournament.

THE STARTING XIs:
Norco
— GK Aaron Servin (Jr.); D Vladimir Rivera (Sr.); D Travis Woods (Sr.); D Zach Hutchings (Soph.); D Eric Serrano (Jr.); MF Finn McDaniel (Soph.); MF Francisco Gomez (Soph.); MF Lucas Havrisik (Jr.); MF/F Gildardo Nodal (Jr.); MF/F Jose Garcia (Sr.); F Kevin Villareal (Sr.)

Fontana — GK Daniel Fabila (Jr.); D Gustavo Ramirez (Soph.); D Omar Casteneda (Sr.); D Edgar Samperio (Jr.); D Jose Leon (Soph.); MF Blas Gurrola (Jr.); MF Juan Ramirez (Jr.); MF Johan Navarette (Jr.); MF/F Santiago Gomez (Sr.); Alejandro Sanchez (Soph.); F Juan Aguilar (Sr.)

THE DIFFERENCE:
The numbers Fontana throws forward early in an attempt to get an early lead. The Steelers scored in the first minute vs. Riverside King, and had two goals in the first 10 minutes vs. Vista Murrieta.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Fontana 3, Norco 1

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