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  • Bassett smothered by Marshall

    first_imgAfter a scoreless first half, the Eagles (18-4-2) got on the board in the 70th minute. Eagles defender Joshua Cuevas initially had a one-on-one opportunity in the 69th minute against Olympians defender Ludwin Puebla about 20 yards away from goal. After Cuevas beat Puebla on a fake, the Bassett defender had no choice but to knock the ball out of bounds about 15 yards from goal, which resulted in a throw-in. Cuevas then lobbed the ball to teammate Antonio Benitez, who directed a perfect pass to Eagles midfielder Chris Ferrer.The junior, who said he didn’t see the pass, rifled a five-foot shot past diving goalie Ricky Fabian for the game-winner. “Their attack was amazing, it was relentless,” Contreras said. “They kept on coming at us over and over. We tried to stop them for as long as we could but they scored.” PASADENA – It was in the 79th minute that a cold realization began to take shape on an otherwise sunny day in Pasadena. That’s when the Marshall High School boys soccer team scored its second goal of the day against a Bassett defense that previously surrendered only two goals through three postseason contests. Three minutes later, the final whistled sounded on a magical season as the host Eagles defeated Bassett 2-0 in the CIF-Southern Section Division V semifinals. “This is the best team we’ve played all year,” a somber Bassett coach Raul Contreras said. “I think (Marshall) is going to take it. I think they’re going to take the title.” center_img The goal led to a wild celebration on the Marshall sideline and the beginning of the end for Bassett (18-4-2). The Olympians’ last gasp came in the 78th minute when junior forward Jose Angel Lopez missed a free kick from about 20 yards. The Eagles took advantage of the Bassett miss and quickly established a counter-attack that led to their second goal. “We tried as best as we could to stop them, but it wasn’t enough,” said Fabian, who finished with a game-high eight saves. “We tried to score but couldn’t get anything.” The Olympians attempted only six shots on goal, and their two best opportunities fell short early in the second half. An Armando Cervantes header in the 44th minute and Richard Nava’s 10-footer in the 50th minute were denied by Eagles goalie Jonathan Gonzales. “We were just too nervous,” Contreras said. “Look at me, the game’s over and I’m still nervous. “But I’m still proud of the team. I think this is the farthest we’ve ever gone.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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