‘Stangs hang 10 on Salinas

Everardo Diaz De Leon juggles to get control of the ball in

After a disheartening 2-0 loss to rival Live Oak Tuesday, the
Gilroy boys’ soccer team needed a lift.
Enter Salinas High.
After a disheartening 2-0 loss to rival Live Oak Tuesday, the Gilroy boys’ soccer team needed a lift.

Enter Salinas High.

On Thursday night at Mustang Stadium, the Cowboys provided the perfect pick-me-up.

Final score: Gilroy 10, Salinas 0.

“This was a fun game to have after that last one,” co-head coach Brian Hall said. “Maybe this was that getting-back-in-the-groove type of game.”

It certainly was for Everardo Diaz De Leon. Forced to sit out against the Acorns due to a red card in the previous match, the senior forward came out with vengeance against the Cowboys (1-12/0-5).

Diaz De Leon had a number of opportunities and converted on four of them.

“Watching my team lose made me want to work harder,” he said. “I was just ready to play. I wanted to go out and give all I could today.”

Javier Canales assisted on two of Diaz De Leon’s goals, while Ben Alcantar helped out on the other pair. Not to be overshadowed, Alcantar also added three goals to his totals.

“What we tried to do here is bounce back,” the junior midfielder said. “We wanted to send a message and prove we are still in it.”

To add to the scoring, Alfonso Motagalvan knocked in a first-half penalty shot, while Juan Llamas and Joel Vera tacked on the team’s final two goals.

Although Vera said he didn’t even know what the score was when he tallied his goal, all of his teammates on the sidelines did.

Before the match, Motagalvan wrote 10 on a dry-erase board as the team’s goal for number of goals scored.

“They set a goal and they kept pursuing it and pressing on until it happened,” Hall said. “They kept working hard and didn’t let up.

“The intent wasn’t to embarrass Salinas. But coming off a game where they did lose their composure, the objective was to keep it going. And they showed they could do that.”

Next up for Gilroy (9-2-1/2-1) is a road trip to Hollister, where the Mustangs take on rival San Benito at 5:30pm Monday.

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