Boys’ soccer: Hunters bloodied, not bowed

first_imgCanoga Park (20-0-1), which was was coming off a run through the Sunset Six League in which it outscored opponents 53-5, was held to a single goal for just the second time this season. The Hunters don’t remember the last time they were scoreless so late in a game. Quijano’s shot ended a series of futile attempts against Hollywood senior goalkeeper Wuelvin Campos, who was making just his second start in goal after spending most of the season as a forward. The moment that almost brought Jeff Quijano to tears had nothing to do with the blood that dripped from his head as he sat on the bench after the game. Emotions ran wild for Quijano and the rest of the Canoga Park High boys’ soccer team moments earlier when he took a centering pass from Omar De La Piedra and scored the only goal of the game in Friday’s 1-0 victory over visiting Hollywood. Quijano’s score in the 76th minute put an and to what was turning into a worriesome situation for the nationally ranked and top-seeded Hunters, who were facing the No. 32 seed in the opening round of the City Section playoffs. “When it went in I was happy, relieved, so excited,” Quijano said. ” I almost cried. It’s probably my biggest goal I’ve scored. Not my best, but the most memorable. I’ll take it. “My eyes were closed. I guess the adrenaline took over.” Quijano had been injured minutes earlier when he went up for a header and collided with a Hollywood player. Quijano, who expects to be fine to play in Wednesday’s second round, didn’t admit to being hurt until after the game when blood from the cut on the back of his head started to show through his hair. More upsetting for the Hunters was the closeness of the game. The Sheiks (10-4-4) had several scoring opportunities in the second half, the best being in the 70th minute when Oscar Velasquez’s shot was narrowly tipped over the crossbar by Canoga Park goalkeeper Cesar Ventura. [email protected] center_img (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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