Marshall, Jay still sharing top spot in boys’ soccer race

By Pat Turner

District 28-6A’s boys’ soccer title is undecided after Marshall (14-3-5, 10-1-5) and Jay (12-2-5, 9-1-5) remain tied going into the final two matches.

The two fell into the tie prior to this pas week, but neither team was able to gain sole possession of the top spot.

Marshall tied O’Connor, 1-1, before carving out a 3-1 victory over Holmes.

The Rams and Holmes were tied 1-1 at the half, before getting two goals from Ahmed Jzee on assists from Khristian Alvarez, who provided Marshall its lone score in the opening 40 minutes.

Jay tied Stevens 1-1 and topped Taft, 3-1, on two goals from Oluwatimileyin Talab, who also set up one for Jose Reyes.

Opportunities to break the deadlock are coming. Marshall plays Warren Tuesday and Jay takes on Brandeis. The two teams then meet in the regular season finale the following week.

Warren (13-3-4, 10-2-4) wrapped up the third playoff spot with wins over Taft (5-1) and Brandeis (4-0).

Isaiah Simien had the Warriors offense rocking in both matches. He struck twice against Taft and kicked in all four goals in the Brandeis contest on assists from Teddy Cabrera-Calderon, Sebastian Palomino, Alejandro Guadinia and Joshua Perez.

Fourth place remains uncertain.

O’Connor (12-6-2, 9-5-2) is holding the spot, but Brennan (11-5-4, 7-5-4) is still in the picture.

The Panthers helped their cause by following the tie with Marshall with a 2-1 win over Clark.

The two teams were tied at 1-1 after the first half as John Camacho kicked in O’Connor’s goal and Clark got its score from Alex Osorio.

However, the Panthers’ defense silenced the Cougars in the second half and pulled ahead with a goal from Nathaniel Blake.

O’Connor can claim the fourth spot with a win over Brennan Tuesday.

Brennan missed a shot at a possible tie with O’Connor after tying Clark (2-2) and Stevens (1-1).

Harlan

Harlan secured its playoff berth with a 2-0 win over Medina Valley and a 1-0 squeaker against Southwest Legacy in District 28-5A.

The Hawks 13-6-3, 11-2-1), sitting in third place going into the final two matches, turned in a stout defensive effort.

Aaron Mitzelman scored in both matches. Jesse Lopez also had a goal against Medina Valley.

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