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Vista earns 3-1 win over Del Campo

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Vista del Lago boys’ soccer team successfully kicked off their 2012 season in defense of back-to-back section championships on Thursday afternoon in Folsom. The Eagles, 2010 and 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title winners, opened the season with a 3-1 second-half showing over the visiting Del Campo Cougars. A 1-1 match at halftime was erased by two Vista goals inside the first 10 minutes of the second half. One game into the new season – and kinks still to work out in positions, spreading the field and possession of the ball – the Eagles were two different teams from half to half. Vista managed to get just one of its nine shots on frame in the first half, Alex Ford’s goal in the sixth minute. Matt Raymond and Logan Dearborn helped the Eagles improve to six of nine, though, in the second. Dearborn found Raymond for a goal in the 45th and Ford assisted Dearborn in the 48th, virtually killing any chance of Del Campo stealing a win. The Cougars banged two shots off the crossbar in the 71st and 76th minutes. A senior, and co-captain along with Daniel Jacobs, Ford said the team is still getting to know one another. “We have a lot to work on, as well as improving, but we’ll get there,” said Ford. “It was a group effort today and we were able to finish well.” Having two players – Ford and Dearborn – both put up a goal and an assist in the first game of the season led the Eagles’ offense. The defense, meanwhile, kept Del Campo to five shots. “We’re pretty solid for scorers; Alex is a big scorer,” said Dearborn. “Considering we were missing our defensive leader [Michael LePage], we did a pretty good job.” LePage was absent from coach Joe Esfandiary’s lineup against Del Campo as he was touring colleges. Also notable about the game, a Del Campo players was escorted via ambulance off the field at halftime after a 50/50 tackle against Ford. Esfandiary said in light of graduating 11 seniors and losing others to California Developmental Academy restrictions and club soccer teams, new blood will have to fill big roles. “We’re building and we’ve got freshmen all the way up to seniors,” Esfandiary said. “It will be a challenge to rebuild, but hey, with the hard work again and a good attitude we should be OK.”