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Wildcat boys beat Trojans twice to hold on to Elks Cup

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Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 2:17 pm | Updated: 7:59 am, Wed Feb 14, 2018.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A 3-2 win at home Wednesday helped the Twentynine Palms High School boys varsity soccer team hold onto the Elks Cup.

The Wildcats beat the Trojans 3-1 in the first leg of the competition, held Jan. 12 in Yucca Valley, giving Twentynine Palms a 6-3 win in the two leg contest.

Wildcat seniors K.J Magwood and Nick Stowers combined for three goals and two assists to lead the offense.

“I thought we came out good. We dominated the first 10 or 15 minutes; that’s when we scored. We settled in, we got a little too comfortable. We got concerned with offense. That’s when we gave up the two goals,” Wildcat coach Nathan Niles commented after their victory.

“We got some good subs. Chris White did well, he came in and he had some really good crosses.”

K.J. Magwood-Morton has been involved with goals since moving from goalkeeper to field player.

“Our keeper Adan Perrera had some good plays as well,” the coach said. “Overall, we played well. I was real happy.”

The Trojans’ first goal was scored by forward Fabian Odonell and the second goal was scored by junior forward Aldo Villalba.

“It was a great improvement over the last game. Last game was a 3-1 loss. This time we lost again but we did score more goals, which was good,” Trojan coach Jorge Rodriguez said.

“I thought our defense played a lot better,” he added. “We controlled the game, a lot better passing, so I was really happy about that. Just sometimes things happen and things don’t go our way.”

Player of the match for the Trojans was sophomore Angel Ramirez.

“It doesn’t feel good to lose but I’m encouraged,” Rodriquez concluded.

The junior varsity Wildcats played strong defense to come away with a 1-0 win.

Twentynine Palms freshman Manuel Rios scored with a header on a free kick from sophomore Andrew Henry. Goalie Juan Duran recorded his second shutout of the season.

“It was a very close game and our team played inspired, but we could not score today,” Rodriguez said.

Trojan player of the match was defender Luke Jones.

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