BOYS SOCCER: GHS topples Palma 3-0

Go mustangs!

With two goals from Abraham Arriaga and another from Jorge
Sanchez, the Mustangs (6-2-2, 2-0 TCAL) clipped the Chieftains 3-0
– Gilroy’s third straight win over the Salinas private school.
Whether it was indeed a grueling non-league schedule that conditioned the Gilroy High boys soccer team for a challenging three-game gauntlet to open Tri-County Athletic League action, one thing is for certain, results are results. And the Mustangs are 2-for-2 thus far with San Benito looming on Thursday.

After knocking off the league and section’s defending champs Alisal 5-2 on the road last Thursday, Gilroy jumped back on the bus and headed south for another road tilt against an always prepared Palma club Tuesday.

With two goals from Abraham Arriaga and another from Jorge Sanchez, the Mustangs (6-2-2, 2-0 TCAL) clipped the Chieftains 3-0 – Gilroy’s third straight win over the Salinas private school.

“I think the league schedule really worked in our favor,” GHS head coach Armando Padilla said. “Our preseason schedule was difficult and we were used to playing tougher teams. And by having Alisal, Palma and Hollister right away, there wasn’t that downtime.”

The Mustangs took a 2-0 halftime lead Tuesday on Arriaga’s first tally, assisted by Jonathan Diaz De Leon and Sanchez’s second goal in as many games.

“We are getting a lot of balls to (Sanchez’s) feet where numerous things can happen that benefit us,” Padilla said.

Arriaga added his second goal of the afternoon to increase the cushion to 3-0 in the second half. The shut out is the Mustangs’ second of the season.

“Today was more about doing some of the little things that we didn’t do against Alisal because it was so physical,” Padilla said. “(The last two games) have been an eye opener. The guys now believe, as long as they remain focused and take it game by game, that they have the potential to do something great.”

The Balers, who come to Gilroy for a 5:15 p.m. game, are 6-1-2 overall and 0-1-1 in league after a 1-1 tie with North Salinas and a 3-1 loss to Salinas in their last outing.

“On paper, Hollister looks like a good side. They have a guy up top that will challenge us in the back,” Padilla said referring to Balers’ forward Francisco Palomino who has 11 goals this season.

“We will have our hands full.”

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