Condors take flight in Cupertino, winning the men's state title in OT

Condors take flight in Cupertino, winning the men's state title in OT

Evergreen Valley and Oxnard knew before the day started that the champion of the CCCAA Men's Soccer Championship was going to bring home their schools first state trophy. Evergreen was making the short trip from East San Jose while Oxnard travelled Highway 101 up North to Cupertino.

Evergreen Valley controlled the ball and time of possession early in the game but towards the later part of the 1st half Oxnard showed their fine passing skills, controlling the ball with both teams having no shots on goal. The 2nd 45 minutes was hard nose soccer with every play being challenged. In the 62nd minute Oxnard finally broke through with Gustavo Navarro breaking down the left side and putting the ball in the net for the Condors. Oxnard seemed to be in control after a Red Card was given to the Hawks Fernando Menera in the 90th minute. Things were looking bleak for the Hawks until the Condors committed a foul in extra time and Navarro received his 2nd yellow card of the game for delaying action which resulted in both teams having only 10 players on the pitch. In the last ditch attempt by Evergreen Valley they lobbed a ball deep into the penalty box where a Hawk was dragged down resulting in a Penalty Kick. Joe Kay calmly stepped to the spot and put the ball into the back of the net tying the match 1-1. Oxnard got a final shot off in the half but Ian Valdivia was able to save the header to put the game into Overtime.

In OT the Condors got off to a fast start with Fernando Hernandez Puga feeding Cristian Guzman for the go ahead goal in the 3rd minute of overtime. The quick pace continued with Evergreen pushing forward the next 27 minutes of overtime with no success as the Oxnard Condors picked up their first CCCAA Soccer Championship in program history. The MVP of the tournament was Eduardo Garcia, Oxnard's Goalkeeper who stopped every shot from the field and only gave up the penalty kick in the State Final playing all 120 minutes of action.


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