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Patient Eagles work to shut out Galt, 3-0

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago’s varsity boys’ soccer team wrapped up the Sierra Valley Conference title with a 3-0 win over Galt on Wednesday. The Eagles are having a great season, still unbeaten with a 12-0-1 record overall and a 10-0 mark in league play. The team’s only tie came against Granite Bay. On Wednesday the Eagles faced the only league opponent that had a chance to catch them in the standings. In their first meeting, the Warriors played them tough and lost 2-0. On their home field Wednesday, the Warriors celebrated Senior Night and gave Vista everything they had, but never could put the ball behind Vista keeper Chris Bringgold, who was busy all night with several touches on the ball, particularly in the first half. The Warriors came out and controlled the ball in Vista’s end for much of the opening 15 minutes, but it was the Eagles who broke through for the first goal 16 minutes into the match when Jake Murphy, who assisted on all three goals, punched the ball through to Tim Fairley on the left side of the goal and Fairley put the ball by the keeper for a 1-0 lead. The game settled down a bit after the goal, but the Warriors still played tough and the half ended with Vista holding slim 1-0 lead. The Eagles, however, regrouped at halftime and played a better game in the second half, possessing the ball more and finding teammates with the ball at their feet. While Vista improved its play, they had nothing to show for it and at any moment the Warriors could have tied the score. Not until 16 minutes remained on the clock did Vista finally put some distance between themselves and the Warriors. Murphy took a corner kick and put a low liner in front of the net where CJ Moore put a head on it and knocked it by the keeper on what was the prettiest goal of the night. Five minutes later Murphy turned some fancy footwork into another assist as he pushed a short ball up Fairley, who drilled the ball by the keeper for the game’s third and final goal. “It was a tough game; a high pressure game, but the boys came out in the second half and took it to them,” Vista coach Joe Esfandiary said. The Eagles wrap up the regular season next week with home games against Union Mine and Cosumnes Oaks on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.