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Wildcats open Elks cup competition

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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 8:22 am

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Twentynine Palms High School girls and boys varsity soccer teams played the first leg of the Elks Cup against Yucca Valley Friday, Jan. 12, at different locations and to vastly different outcomes.

The Wildcat girls team played host to the Trojans and ended the night trailing 0-8, after giving up five goals in the first half and another three goals in the second.

The junior varsity squad managed a second half goal but fell 3-1 after giving up two goals in the second half.

The Wildcat boys team traveled to Yucca Valley for the first leg in the annual competition.

The varsity Wildcats played strong team defense in the first half for a 0-0 tie. The Wildcats organized offensively and scored three goals in the second half.  

Senior goalkeeper K.J. Magwood earned his fourth victory in four years against the Trojans. Senior Nick Stowers scored two goals and junior Miguel Sosa scored the decisive goal late in the second half.

Sophomore Dante Smith-Evans assisted both Stowers and Sosa. Great team defense in the back continued.

The win gives the wildcats a 10-5-3 record.

The junior varsity team fought to a 0-0 tie.

Strong team defense led to keeper Juan Duran’s first shutout of the season.  Duran had six saves. Midfielders Nathan Delacruz and Manuel Romero anchored the defense in front of a strong back line. The junior varsity team record now moves to 1-1-1.

The competition will conclude on Wednesday, Jan. 31 with the boys playing at Tom Nicoll Memorial Stadium, Two Mile Road and Utah Trail, in Twentynine Palms and the girls traveling to Yucca Valley.

The junior varsity games will start at 3:15 p.m. and the varsity matches will follow at 5.

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