Danville Express

Sports - February 9, 2007

Soccer, basketball action continues at high schools

by Rachel McMurdie

San Ramon Valley boys soccer team pulled off a 1-0, East Bay Athletic League win over visiting Livermore last week on Wednesday. With 15 minutes left in the first half, San Ramon Valley's Antone Ugarte surged past Livermore defense catching a long pass from Jason Granzella, then scored 25 yards out for the game's only goal.

The win was the second straight for the Wolves (14-3-2, 4-2-2 EBAL) but just the second in their last six league games after starting the EBAL season 2-0. San Ramon keepers John Christman and Tommy Comer recorded one save each.

At the other end of town, Monte Vista boys rallied ahead of Amador Valley in the 57th minute to beat the visiting Amador Valley Dons 2-1.

Earlier this season in a game against Amador, Monte Vista (14-0-6, 5-0-4 EBAL) squandered a 2-2 draw allowing the Dons to score the equalizer in the 78th minute. This time however, the team was able to fend off the offensive drives.

Jeff Squier put in the first goal of the game for the Dons (8-5-7, 2-3-3 EBAL) in the 38th minute. Seconds before halftime, though, Monte Vista's Jeff Penna tied the game on a penalty kick after a handball violation in the box. The Mustangs took a 2-1 lead when Vincent Butera put home the rebound after an Andre Cuadra shot.

Girls soccer

Monte Vista girls earned a 6-1 win at Livermore's Granada High on Feb. 1. San Ramon Valley defended its home turf, with a 3-0 win over Amador.

Boys basketball

Entering this week 18-1, Monte Vista's boys basketball outscored their last two opponents 157-74 but lost Feb. 2, 44-48, to California. Ryan Whalen led the Mustangs with 13 points, six rebounds.

Girls basketball

Monte Vista girls are still undefeated at 21-0 after earning a 61-35 win over California on Feb. 2. Niveen Rasheed, with 14 points, five rebounds and five steals, led the Mustangs' charge. Teammate Stephanie Cornell had four assists, while Carlyn Raphel contributed four blocks.

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