Boys' Soccer: Gomez boosts Eagles

Senior scores two second-half goals to erase 3-1 deficit as Estancia forges tie at Saddleback.

February 01, 2013|By Barry Faulkner

SANTA ANA — Recent history is showing that it is unwise to sleep on the Estancia High boys' soccer team. But Friday the Eagles proved that merely blinking can be equally detrimental for opponents.

After taking a 1-0 lead in a crucial Orange Coast League clash at Saddleback, Estancia rallied from a 3-1 deficit to claim a 3-3 tie.

Senior midfielder Christian Gomez, serving as a one-man wake-up call after the Roadrunners (12-3-4, 4-2-2 in league) scored three straight goals to seize a seemingly comfortable halftime advantage, produced two goals and an assist for the Eagles (8-5-6, 3-2-2).


It was the second time in three games that Estancia rallied from a big deficit to salvage a tie. The Eagles trailed at Laguna Beach, 3-0, in the 41st minute, before scoring three, two by Gomez, to produce a stalemate on Jan. 25.

With Costa Mesa's victory over Calvary Chapel on Friday, Estancia falls to fourth place, one point behind the Mustangs (3-1-4 in league for 13 points, based on three points for a win and one for a tie).

Estancia remains two points behind Saddleback, while Godinez leads the league at 5-1-2.

The Eagles play host to Godinez on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m., then close the regular season on Thursday against last-place Calvary Chapel at Centennial Park. Estancia beat Godinez, 2-1, and topped Calvary Chapel, 3-0, in the first round.

The top three teams in league are guaranteed CIF Southern Section playoff berths, but no fourth-place team with at least a .500 record will be denied an at-large berth.

Gomez, the Orange Coast League Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, when he led the Eagles in goals (10) and assists (four), now has seven goals in six games after missing the first 13 contests of the season due to what Eagles Coach Robert Castellano called disciplinary problems.

In six games with Gomez, Estancia has produced 11 goals, two shy of its output in 13 games without Gomez.

A through ball by Gomez set Kevin Pizarro up for the game's first goal. Pizarro settled the pass that bounded waist-high, before popping the ball past Saddleback goalkeeper Ivan Zamora in the 13th minute.

But the lead lasted fewer than three minutes, as Garry Carbajal knotted things for the hosts in the 16th minute.

Senior Danny Vasquez put the Roadrunners ahead just more than five minutes later, stealing the ball from an Estancia defender, dribbling past another defender and beating the goalkeeper just inside the near post.

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