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Eagles soccer runs over River City, 3-1

By: Nick Pecoraro Telegraph Correspondent
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The Vista del Lago soccer team showed why they’re still considered one of the top teams in the area on Tuesday afternoon. The two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions sent the visiting River City Raiders back to West Sacramento with a 3-1 loss. Vista led 1-0 after the first 40 minutes of play. Seven minutes into the second half, the Eagles began to put the heat on River City, scoring two goals in less than a minute. The first came from midfielder Hunter Symon, who found himself free of his defender at the right corner of the goalie box and shot it into the left post. Less than sixty seconds later, Brent Zavada shot a ball up from midfield to his forward Alex Ford, who did the rest of the work and gave the Eagles a 3-0 advantage early in the second half. “(Symon’s goal) was just an incredible play. He got the ball at the top of the 18 and ripped it into the net. Good placement. Lot of power,” said Ford. “On the pass that I got, I didn’t do too much with it. Brent just had it, took it straight through the middle and I was wide open. He played it off to me and I put it in the back of the net.” Vista maintained great ball control throughout the match along with a united defensive effort, taking some pressure off of the goalkeeper duo of Brandon Lee and PJ Sullivan when River City attackers threatened. “I made a halftime reminder to just play like we practice. We came back strong so we went back into defensive mode. We controlled the transition game and it paid off,” said Eagle coach Joe Esfandiary. “We had a few mistakes here and there and River City did a good job too, but we were a little bit better today. (Two goals in one minute) motivates our players and maybe upset (River City’s) morale and boosted ours. Our guys did exactly what we asked them to do.” The lone score in the first half came with a little help from River City. Zavada tried to lob a pass up to Ford—much the way he had for their second half connection—when the ball deflected off of defenseman Jesus Garcia’s head and into his own goal. Manny Moreno’s goal in the 54th minute put the Raiders on the board for the first time. The Eagles earned their third win in Sierra Valley Conference play against no losses and one tie back at Cosumnes Oaks on Sept. 11. Vista travels to Galt on Thursday to continue league competition against the 8-2 Warriors.